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Thought for the Month -
Message from Deacon Fiona de Boltz
As we go into a second lockdown, many people, especially those who live alone, may be feeling apprehensive and isolated. We’ve done this before, and many of us will have found new ways to get our food shopping, to fill our time (baking, sewing, going for walks etc), and different ways of connecting with people using the phone or social media, Zoom etc. But there may be times when some of us experience moments of loneliness, fear or anxiety-
In Mark 8:23-
Jesus is ‘in the boat’ with us too and we can speak to him at any time in prayer. We may feel as if we are being buffeted by storms of uncertainty about the future, family and/or money worries, fear of the virus, in danger of being overwhelmed by stories on the news of suffering and chaos across the UK, Europe and the world-
“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in his love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life. Do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, He will carry you lovingly in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all dreads and anxious imaginations.” Amen.
May God bless you and give you his peace.
Deacon Fiona de Boltz