Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Be still and know

Photo by Jack Finnigan on Unsplash
God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

Snow hit most of the UK this week. Vaccination centres and schools were closed in Essex and Kent as Storm Darcy arrived. Due to the current COVID restrictions, the snow perhaps caused less disruption than is usually the case in Britain. Home workers and home schooled children had no excuse to take a 'snow day'. Work continued for many in spite of the inclement weather.

Another consequence of the wintry weather was the cessation of  building work. Loft extensions and garden landscaping paused for a time. Lorries, skips and scaffolding ceased to be delivered...but only for a couple of days. Here in London, the peace and quiet was as short lived as the snow. Life in all it's noisy complexity goes on whatever the weather.

As the snow melts and vanishes there are signs that the current wave of coronavirus has passed it's peak. Change is in the air...but the future is at present as uncertain as the British weather. As the writer of Psalm 46 reminds us, neither weather events nor wars need give cause for concern. With the Lord Almighty with us what is there to fear? 

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)


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