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Reflection for Good Friday and Easter
When I was walking the dogs the other day, one of my neighbours was washing his car and I stopped to have a few words which were inevitably about the current coronavirus crisis. During the conversation out of the blue he asked “You’re a religious guy, do you think this is a judgement from God?” Well I was rather stunned by the question, but I immediately answered “NO, definitely not!” I was then inwardly struggling how to follow this up - thinking this was not an easy question to give a one word answer to - wondering whether this was about the last judgement, the nature of God or whether sin causes illness!!? My answer seemed rather trite (but I hope theologically correct!) saying something like “this virus does not discriminate; God is a God of love and compassion for those suffering”.
Reflecting on this later, perhaps I should’ve allowed the conversation to develop further, but regrettably I didn’t. My neighbour was not a Christian, but his question showed he was at least thinking about the existence of a God and searching for answers. It is in times like these, when our normal way of life is threatened, when the things around us that we depend on are suddenly taken from us - our freedom, our jobs, our families, perhaps our purpose for living - we may fear for the safety of ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. People rightly put their faith in the brilliant doctors, nurses and carers, and in the government to make the right decisions. People at times like these even turn to God - after all what else is there – and may ponder if there is a God, can he protect us?
As Christians we put our faith in God, and in Jesus, the son of God, who died and painfully suffered for us all on the cross on Good Friday. God, through Jesus, suffers with us and all those affected by this nasty virus. But we know this is not the end – through the suffering resurrection follows on Easter Day – there is new life, there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is HOPE.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
May God Bless you all and give you His peace at this Easter time.