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Dear friends, I will be writing some meditations for the newsletter over the next few weeks of this COVID19 crisis. I will base each one of them on one of my favourite passages in the Bible. I hope you find them helpful.

A WORD OF HOPE

Over the past few weeks I have spent hours surrounded by news about this crisis on radio, TV, newspaper and social media, and about 90% of it has been bad news: deaths in China, Italy, the USA and here in BC; increases in infections, scarcity of medical equipment. There have been a few good news stories about acts of kindness, sacrifice for others and appreciation for front line workers. But then we’re back to the big bad picture, and it is not a pretty one. “It will get worse before it gets better. Many more will die. The health system could be overwhelmed.”

So, this week I needed a word of hope. And where did I go? To the book of Lamentations of course. :) That book is not known for its strong messages of hope. In fact, four of the five chapters are nothing but doom and gloom, punishment, destruction, darkness, bitterness, tribulation, and on and on. But then, in the middle of chapter 3 we are stopped in our tracks by these wow(!) words from Lamentations 3:21-24

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;                       

great is your faithfulness.

‘The Lord is my portion’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’”.

These are holy-moly words. These are words that lift us up when we’re down. These are words that bring peace to our troubled minds and hope to our anxious souls.

In this time when things we counted on are ending, we are told that there is something that never ceases: the steadfast love of the Lord. There are certain things that never come to an end: the mercies of the Lord. When all the things we love to do are cancelled, here are some things that will not be cancelled:

Love will not be cancelled

Conversation will not be cancelled

Relationships will not be cancelled

Blooming flowers will not be cancelled

Music will not be cancelled

Reading will not be cancelled

Praise will not be cancelled

Hope will not be cancelled

And the steadfast love of the Lord will not be cancelled.

So my friends, we are not alone. I invite you to live in hope and, by the way, here is a word of hope specifically for our church. On Wednesday night the Session approved a recommendation from the Search Committee to invite the Rev. Richard Watson to preach for the call (or, if that is not possible because of the virus crisis, to make himself known to us by other means that are in keeping with the laws of our church). Detailed information will follow in the coming week.

Yours in hope,

Glen Davis