Love in a Time of Corona

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Love in a Time of Corona

What is the shape of love in this time of corona? How is love being forged in the fiery furnace of COVID 19?

When we reflect on these days, we see that our souls are being shaped afresh by love. For some love is the shape of the doctor or nurse in our hospitals and GP surgeries. Their courage is exemplary. The shape of love supporting this front line is the unsung dedication of cleaners, secretaries and porters. The shape of love is the care assistants in our care homes and throughout the community, many working without full PPE yet committed to their calling. The shape of love is in the delivery of food or prescriptions left on the doorsteps of those shielding or self-isolating: neighbours and strangers, all changed into the shape of love. The staff of our shops, the drivers of public transport, teachers and postal workers - all altered into the shape of love. The shape of love is in the parent juggling home schooling, family and friends communicating through WattsApp, Skype, Zoom or phone.  Love is re-shaped through disappointment as weddings, christenings and parties are postponed. A small graveside funeral since the church building is closed - this is the new shape of love.  

As we follow in the footsteps of the one who gave himself for love of the world, we learn afresh with Jesus that love is forged in lockdown, grief, sickness and death. Love is forged in service, hope, community and prayer. For in this time of uncertainty, we live as Easter people. It doesn’t mean that we have to be cheerful all the time. It does mean that intentionally we search for the shape of love in all that we experience and see. Perhaps one of our tasks is to share our appreciation that the source of the shape of love is God? This is a love which is expressed through the birth of a baby, a life of service, crucifixion and resurrection. 

It is the shape of love in a time of corona.

Rev Canon Nikki Arthy


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