I wonder if you caught the interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury on BBC Breakfast this week? He was interviewed as the UK passed 100 000 deaths from Covid this week and he had some wise words. First he was asked how we come to terms with such loss, and he reminded us of how precious every one to those people is, and that to speak of them and celebrate them and honour them even as we lament their passing is exactly right.
Then he was asked 'where do you find hope?' And he replied, 'I find hope in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that God came into the midst of our sorrows.' He continued by saying that he sees that hope being worked out in what is good, in the love that is passed on and shared between families and friends but also in communities, in acts of kindness done by neighbours and even strangers.
Much as we may know these truths, it's good to be reminded at the moment, isn't it. Here's the link if you'd like to watch the full interview: BBC interview
And talking of showing care in the community, our Basics Bank box achieved fame this week when items were stolen from it (see p 5). The best bit was that the son of an elderly man who had had spaghetti hoops thrown on his doorstep, subsequently made a very big donation to Basics Bank.
Love always wins!
Here's the full newsletter: Newsletter 280121