I was eager to get down to the river and run along side it. A bitter cold could be felt as I ran and a helicopter hovered overhead. Arriving at the turning point I headed for home and even sprinted up the steep hill with such speed and energy I wondered where that had come from. Not a great runner, or fast but I felt it was worth going out to pray and run.
Tonight we saw many on door steps clapping in support for the carers, nurses and doctors working with patients that have the virus. The rainbow has been brought back as a symbol of hope, and many are taking in cakes to say thank you to all the staff that are keeping our loved ones alive who have the virus. Yet many do not have the proper protection. Hope is stronger, when you have the sense that everyone is behind you then you are helped forward through the struggle and pain. I experienced this doing the marathon some years ago, supporters clapping at the sides of roads willing me on.
I see the photo of the tree. I remember it was full of beauty as we walked past. This is a picture of hope that one day we will be able to go back to these places just to walk around and experience God’s amazing creation.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
I have this verse etched into a small log. It’s perfect for today to keep as a memory verse repeating to yourself when you are in fear or even doubt. God will not forsake you, even in your darkest hours, he is there.
Dear Lord, protect and comfort all workers who are at risk. Where human need fails step in as you promised, never leave us and forsake us, through the blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen