I hope you are all keeping well.
As we approach Palm Sunday, I have mixed feelings. I was very much looking forward to being with you all and celebrating with you and the children. However, I still have much to be thankful for in this season of change.
Last week I joined a webinar on how to respond as Christians to the Coronavirus and how to continue leading people at this time. For me, it was a really interesting experience and I wanted to share some thoughts with you. The speaker reminded me that even in these odd times we need to put God’s love at the centre of our day. And these were the suggestions he gave to do that:
Prayer - keeping up with our prayer/quiet time. Still keeping sabbath.
Rest - including sleep, exercise, time away from a screen.
Relationships - daily time with our partner, connect with family, stay connected to friends.
Work - balancing working from home, not taking on too much.
I found it really interesting because I think it is a good thing to create structure to our day, even though our days (for at least most of us) look very different right now. Keeping a structure to my day keeps me focused and effective.
Being stuck inside for most of the day has reminded me to go outside and run. It’s something I find refreshing and calming (believe it or not!) So now I have built it into my daily routine and as a result, I feel more in control of my day.
This week I would encourage you to try and integrate these 4 categories into your daily routine. As a suggestion, perhaps start the day with some quiet time with God. After a morning's work, take a little stroll after lunch and enjoy some of God’s creation. Perhaps in the afternoon send a message or call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. And, in the evening find something you love to do but haven’t in a while.
I’m not much of a painter but being inside so much was starting to get to me, so I tried a bit of painting the other day. I’m not going to win any awards any time soon but I did find it very relaxing.
These are just suggestions, but if you are finding things hard right now, I would encourage you to give it a try. Feel free to talk to a Trinity staff member or friend about your plan for the day too. We would love to support you in that!
To close I would like to share a couple of my favourite worship songs with you. I hope they bless you just as much as I am blessed by them.
I hope you have a good day resting in the assurance that you are loved.