“I found in him a resting place and he has made me glad”
This is the weekend we come out of lockdown as a nation. We give hearty thanks to God that this stage of the pandemic is over. The move out of lockdown is going to be difficult as many continue to self-isolate, to shield and to wait. Today we also give particular thanks for the NHS – which came into being on 5 July 1948 – and for its front line workers.
The words of the hymn “I heard the voice of Jesus say” speak to us at this time of emergence out of lockdown, wearied from the experience of lockdown itself and perhaps wearied at the thought of how to go back to routines and livelihoods safely.
To where we are and to how we are, glad of this new day or fearing it, we come to God as we are, perhaps “weary and worn and sad”. In this time which we now share may our brother Jesus befriend us and take up his invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens”.
Jesus invites us to trust in his law of love: not a burden that crushes us, but a yoke that is easy, filling the hearts of those who live this law of love with joy. Let us accept his commandment to love in our families, our workplace, in this village community.
All the best