Hope you are all well, and managed to catch some rays during half term. This week I would like to speak to you about how I have personally found lockdown and what God has been putting on my heart in this time.
Like many of you, lockdown has been a real mixture of emotions and circumstances. I am aware of my relative privilege with a job and living space, but there have been difficulties and challenges that I have been experiencing. Like many of us there have been expectations altered, plans and dreams crushed, alongside having to be flexible with new coping mechanisms.
Good. Things. Are. Coming.
How do I know this?
“Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5
This has been a season of weeping, of lament, of suffering and disappointment. But we can rejoice, knowing that we have a hope that exceeds our circumstances. Romans 5:2-3 says this: “We boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings”. It’s only in the context of the glory of God, the death of death and the removal of sins on the cross, that we can have a present hope of good things to come and an authentic rejoicing in our sufferings.
If this time of lockdown has felt difficult, take heart. God promises that our tears will turn to rejoicing and that the ultimate good thing is coming! There will be a time where there is no self-isolation, no vulnerability of security, and no more weeping - an eternity with God.
Please do let me know if there is any way in which I can be praying for you in this time. Also if you, or a group of friends, would like to hang out and read the Bible together!
Important Bible Email Update
Many of you will know we have been sending out these Bible emails for a number of years and we have decided the time has come to move to a different platform. We have seen a shift in how young people are engaging less with emails and increasingly accessing other forms of social media. With that in mind we are going to begin a weekly thought via our Instagram page beginning from 9th June.
We are aware this platform may not be ideal for everyone and does present different limitations however we believe using Instagram for sharing Bible thoughts is a brilliant opportunity to model good use of social media and is particularly impactful for youth engaging with our content. For those of you who do not yet have access to Instagram we would recommend getting your parents to follow us (@strustlife) and asking them to allow you to view our posts through their accounts.
We have been really thankful for the opportunity to engage with so many people through these Bible emails and we are equally thankful for new, creative ways to talk about Jesus together. We look forward to connecting with you on Instagram.