Thought For The Week – 15th August

One thing about covid is that it has made us feel old before our time. From being happily retired, travelling here there and everywhere, doing lots of things we didn’t have time to do while working and enjoying time with friends and family, suddenly we were confined to our homes, unable to mix, limited in our activities to jigsaws and devoting time to online grocery deliveries. In fact, quite recently a friend said they had read somewhere that we have all aged five years in the last eighteen months. I also feel I have gone backwards in my social development, no longer being able to easily interact with people and finding it easier to sit on the settee behind a screen than to go out. Stress does age us both physically and mentally. However, the articles I have looked at simply encourage us to eat more healthily, meditate, take up yoga, engage your senses with a walk. I think it may well be more important to accept ourselves as we are now, and to remember that, however we feel, God is caring for us and we are safe in his love. If we are all stressed about not looking and feeling our best, we are losing sight of what God is saying to us now. It is worth remembering that however old (or young) we may feel or be that God does not change.

Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

The dictionary tells us that age is the length of time that a person has lived or a thing has existed, and the verb to age is defined as the tiredness we feel as we grow old or older! So never forget, whatever number of years you have lived, or how tired you feel, that God is looking after you.

Isaiah 46:4 Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

As you go out into the world again, trusting the vaccine to make a positive difference to your life and health, using a mask to protect yourself and others, doing all you can to be sensible and responsible, take these words with you from

Isaiah 40: 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

Alison Bygrave

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