Fresh Hope – 21st September 2020

The word ‘isolate’ or ‘isolation’ has become one of the most used words of 2020. It’s always been a familiar word, but never has there been a time when its impact has been felt so strongly right across the planet.

By nature, many people before 2020 will have enjoyed their own company, perhaps more than they should have. In fact, whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually, each part of us needs interaction in order to best function—‘No man is an island’ is a very true saying.

One of the great temptations, when life’s path becomes difficult, is to isolate yourself. It is a natural instinct to try to pull back from your emotions so as not to feel the sharp pain caused by your crisis. If you’re like me in, when almost unbearable trials come my way, I feel drawn to retreat and become isolated. Even when I’m around people, I can withdraw emotionally.

Going through a trial, a temptation, or certainly this current turmoil makes us feel quite vulnerable, so it’s natural to want to put up your walls and hide behind them. But that never helps the problem and its little comfort to you and those closest to you.

Isn’t it interesting that since we have been forced into various lockdown situations, with more to come it would seem, that the prospect of being alone is now enough to drive us all pretty crazy?We didn’t mind isolation when we were in control of it, but how true is it that because we are being told to do it we now want to break the rules and keep our own sanity in tact.

When you least feel like being with others, it is often a sign that you need people most. If you’re struggling through a difficult part of your path, the best thing you can do is get into a positive faith-filled environment.

All over the world people are being governed by a very real fear that is coming from a very real virus. However, don’t let the fear of the very thing become bigger than the thing itself.

You may have a hundred and one questions as to why you can’t come back to church right now, but in just the same way that you have the need to go shopping in order to keep yourself from starvation, then the same applies to starving spiritually.

Don’t miss this crucial time of your church being open again —it’s there to lift you and encourage you—it’s your very lifeline. Of course, both shopping and church online are here to stay, however, the part that’s missing with any online experience is the much needed interaction with like-minded people.

Sunday’s coming — be sure to register.

We’ve missed you!!

Your friend and Pastor.

Mark.

(Why not make a plan to join Gillian and myself online this Wednesday Night@7.30pm for live information and inspiration?).

Hebrews 10 v 24-25
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more you see the Day approaching”