Waiting for Life

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Looking at today’s stories, key words pop up time and again…

  • Waiting
  • Stress
  • Loneliness
  • Uncertainty
  • Protecting communities
  • Help – amazing stories of good – especially the NHS
  • ...And buying Easter Eggs

That set me thinking…

The University of Bath is a very strange place at the moment. Beautiful grounds, springtime, birds singing – the dawn chorus is so loud – “wake up” the birds say – yet there is no-one here. The campus is empty. I walk to work – there are still a very few students around, unable to get home, who need care.  Staff from security, estates and catering – we are looking after the place. But there is no-one on the parade – that central concourse that links all the lecture theatres, teaching rooms and cafés together.

When students heard that lectures and assessments were all online – still less than three weeks ago – many were dazed and disoriented. Their year was over. I chatted with many as they packed to go – all plans changed and new future now uncertain. Going back home after leaving home…?

We are waiting – to resume learning, research and life.
We are waiting – uncertain – not knowing how big the threat is, whether the sacrifices we're all making are working or when it will end.

So, back to the Easter eggs. Two thoughts:

  • Chocolate cheers us up. And we can share it too with our housemates…
  • But more – I have had many conversations with people – of all stages of faith and no faith, who can see that God – however we see him - is the one constant in a world of uncertainty. This is established by Jesus. He is the main character of Easter.

I leave you with verses for Psalm 27:

The Lord is my light and my salvation -  whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
My heart says of you “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, will I seek.


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