Due to the Coronavirus Lockdown I am working from home. I have this beautiful view beside my desk, and time to think and write, all of this is something of a luxury in these hard times.
I am aware that there are many others who are not so fortunate. The students stuck in their halls of residence, the staff unable to continue research, the overseas students and staff unable to travel home. Even within this crisis we can continue to look after ourselves and each other as best we can, online, there is a Chaplaincy Chat Room on Microsoft teams and you can log in with your university student email, or, alternatively look me up on Facebook Patches 4 Peace or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who have had the virus symptoms already, remember to stay home, you can still pass it on, even if you have had it yourself. Here’s a prayer about coming through:
Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”
One Came Back
Jesus healed ten,
And one came back to thank Jesus.
We never find out about the ungrateful nine,
but one recovered, in body and spirit
moved past the identity of illness
found life on the other side
to be a gift, a joy, a redemption.
Returned, to Jesus,
We bring our grateful thanks,
for all who have recovered
and pour our gratitude
at your feet.
Stay safe everyone!
Keep in touch.
See you as soon as possible.