It’s almost like grieving, this Coronavirus. There is a process. Gung-ho, resigned, stalwart, anxious, scared, simply sad! Not necessarily in that order.
Having a day off today from the Devizes Volunteers, just because I need to have a day feeling sad. ViralStJames, see the St James’ Church Website for this mornings service, hit the spot. We all need time to lament. My quote of the week is, “Some things can only be seen by eyes that have cried.” Thank you Richard Saint for this. But lamenting isn’t wallowing. It’s an acknowledgement of what is going on and then doing something about it. What is going on is not good. It is not good if you know someone who is sick. It is not good if you know someone who is working in a hospital or a supermarket. It is not good if there is an undercurrent of anxiety in all that you do. So speak out the sadness and then to arms. I have been humbled by those who are stuck in their homes but are ringing round their friends to check they’re ok. I have been humbled by those who are stuck in their homes and who are praying. I have been humbled by their gratitude, by folk who are normally the helpers having to seek help.
So lament, do not be afraid to cry for our broken life and then see things through eyes that have cried. It will be different. There will be hope.