Mothers’ Union Devotion Wednesday 21st October 2020

Mothers’ Union Devotion Wednesday 21st October 2020

‘But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.  Luke 12. 39

It has been a strange few days waiting for a Welsh Government announcement, concerning a potential fire-break lockdown, about which we already knew the details. Despite being told that no decision had been made, the dates announced on Monday lunchtime were exactly those contained in the leaked letter to the Confederation of Passenger Transport Cymru. Of course, we do not always get such helpful warnings of what is coming in our lives. In the reading set for today, Jesus is urging his disciples to keep alert and uses a range of different examples to illustrate his point such as the verse above.

This time, thankfully, we have been given some warning, so how do we prepare for what is coming to each of us at the weekend? We can do some practical things such as making sure we have enough supplies in without being excessively greedy. What is more important, maybe, is to prepare ourselves emotionally for the next two weeks of so.

We all lived through a longer period of isolation in the spring and it was extremely hard. Loneliness, lack of physical contact, worry about health, finances and our loved ones all came into sharp focus. Going back into such a time will be hard because we now know what we will be missing. The difference this time is that we know what to look out for. We know which aspects of lockdown affect us the most. The timing of when they hit us might come as a surprise. It might be now because we know what is to come. It might be when we wake up on Saturday morning or might not even be until this firebreak is over.

Even though it might not feel like it, none of us will be alone through this nightmare. We are always supported, as we were in the spring lockdown. We are supported by friends and family over the phone or the garden fence. We are supported by our fellow Mothers’ Union members. We are supported by those who supply our practical needs. Most importantly of all, we are supported by Jesus throughout all we are experiencing. It is essential that we allow ourselves to be reminded of this, time and time again. Jesus in his own words reassures us that he is the one we can turn to when all seems too much to bear.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11.28

I pray that you will all find rest and resilience over the coming weeks in the eternal presence of Jesus.

All my love

Revd Sandra