Thought for the Month: Don't quit, we’ll stay with it and survive
By Rev Julia Chard, Associate Minister, Fromeside Benefice of Churches
THE changing seasons of winter and spring have certainly been dramatic this year, to coincide with the health crisis created by COVID-19. This reminds us of how unpredictable life can be and how we need to cherish the simple things around us – that are actually treasures in the making.
I wonder how you have been coping with self-isolating? Well for me, apart from chatting on the phone and watching my husband’s countless hours gardening, I’ve been sorting out my cupboards. It has been my pleasure to unearth hidden treasures! A little box given to me several years ago during a ‘low’ time, revealed a glass plaque saying ‘Never ever ever give up’alongside a card with the words from the poem Don’t Quit.
During the Easter weekend on BBC TV, the moving rendition of this poem was read by actor Idris Elba, who had just recovered from coronavirus, showing footage of events from past weeks of empty supermarket shelves, to the busy hospital wards and the weekly national applause for the tireless work of NHS and key workers. The profound words of the poem Don’t Quit are an expression of keeping going when hardest hitandare biblically quoted in the Message translation of the Bible – Hebrews 10: “In a crisis we are not quitters who miss out. Oh no! We’ll stay with it and survive – trusting all the way.”
Captain Tom Moore, age 100, is not a quitter, setting out to raise £100 for the NHS by walking in his garden and then inspiring six-year-old Frank Mills to do the same, both raising a staggering amount of money.
We are not quitters in the Fromeside Benefice. Following the lockdown of our churches and activities, the ‘jig word’ books with a palm cross were posted and amazingly raised £1500 which helped reach the target of £5000 for Syrian refugees. An incredible partnership fundraising achievement for Christian Aid in Together 4 Fromeside.
The many acts of kindness of grocery deliveries to the isolated, phone call contact to young families, people living alone, WhatsApp chats, prayer support and many other efforts to reach out to the schools in these anxious times have kept us going. We are learning to cope in these unprecedented times and not giving up. The Fromeside Benefice Ministry Team carry on regardless. This is our Christian way of caring for you by praying and supporting you by phone and virtual services. People who have been able to access the Fromeside Benefice website have enjoyed ‘virtually’ worshipping God together on Sundays at 11am, as well as accessing Messy church podcasts and other reflections from the team. DVD’s or a printed version of the Sunday services are also available from Revd Malcolm Strange.
As we continue to clap our NHS and key workers, let us applaud ourselves for persevering in these difficult and uncertain times. Let me encourage you to keep praying, to keep believing in a hopeful future when we can meet together again to share our uncovered treasures, in the knowledge that God loves us and doesn’t want us to quit.
In the words of a wartime slogan: Your courage, your cheerfulness and your resolution will bring us victory!
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