As we enter into a New Year things are looking very bleak as we are once again In lockdown. Tragically the virus is out of control. At the start of the first lockdown I was wondering how on earth I was going to get through it. Not being able to see my family. Not being able to pop into the coffee dock for a lovely cuppa and chat with friends and neighbours. There was also a very warm and friendly welcome from all who work in the parish centre. However, these minor losses were not a huge sacrifice to bear. The most important thing being trying to keep each other safe.
Having had a lot of time on my hands I tried to find ways to keep myself occupied. Luckily I am an avid reader so that helped quite a lot. I was very lucky being able to access Mass via web-cam and I’m sure only one of many who got great consolation from this celebration. It was a daily reminder that we are not alone during these very troubling times. God is with us all, regardless of our race or religion. We are all equal in God’s eyes.
Like so many people, I too prayed harder than I ever had before. Then one day I realised I was trying too hard and not really concentrating on what I was saying. I remembered that it was Jesus himself who taught us how to pray in the words of “The Our Father”.
The words in this beautiful prayer, contained all I wanted to say.
Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Artwork: The Holy Family by Cameron Smith