In her sermon for the 5th Sunday in Easter (click here to listen), Marketors’ Chaplain The Reverend Canon Dr Alison Joyce considers the distress felt by all of us by being apart from loved ones during Covid isolation.
True love and friendship can, she argues, survive any amount of disruption or separation. For example, if a family member moves to the other side of the world, we still love them. The same will prove true for our families during these isolation times.
We may not be able to see a way forward at present, but grace will take us there. Continuing on last week’s canal boat theme, Margaret Silf’s book – “Landmarks: An Ignatian Journey” - reveals that the author was confused by locks. The river was gentle and flowing, but in a lock it became so powerful that it raised a heavy boat up high for it to continue its journey.
It was as though Margaret in her distress was an empty lock into which God’s grace flowed, until He opened the gates to set her free to journey on.
God turns our anxieties into hope and His grace gives us energy to carry on when we fall on our faces and break our hearts.
We will journey to our loved ones again.