Words for this time #1

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Hi all – we’re going to be posting some words, images & links for this challenging time here most days. I hope they provide windows of encouragement and blessing. Sign up at the bottom of the blog if you want an email each time – and send me anything you think we could post: switcombe@glos.ac.uk is my email. Today we are also gathering for Share and Prayer at 12.30pm in the Chapel Room. You are welcome to join us. I will share the order of prayer later. Here is our first reflection, which comes from Ireland:


Yes, there is fear.
Yes, there is isolation.
Yes, there is panic buying.
Yes, there is sickness.
Yes, there is even death.

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again,
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

By Fr Richard Hendrick, Ireland

March 13 2020


Linda Sucksmith says:

What a great message this poem Lockdown sends us. Will share it with others…

Gail says:

Such a thoughtful idea

Karen Samuels says:

The Lockdown message is so true. I will share with others. Thank you.

Nolan McBride says:

Thank you for the reminder as I really enter full on lockdown here in the US.

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