Most mornings I walk through the grounds. The fresh grass is pocketed with delicate flowers of bluebell and stitchwort. A few times I have had an image come to mind of clear water, with a trace of the colours of the rainbow. It's pouring out from under the church door and down into the streets. I think this may be a picture of the Holy Spirit who is now more out in our community as we, the church itself, are spending more time growing friendships in our village.
The lockdown is deepening relationships here. My wife has been badly ill with covid for 2 months. Our neighbours, church family and wider community have warmly supported us by cooking us meals and doing our shopping. One friend, Heather, kindly took away all our crumpled clothes and then festooned our garden with freshly ironed shirts! Through all this we've got to know many more people.
Jesus says The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore to send out workers into his harvest field Luke 10v2. Perhaps lockdown is helping us to get out of the building and into the field.
How can you make the most of this time working to gather God's harvest?
[This is the second in a series of blogs on walking with God].
*Name changed for privacy.
All photos are by Rick Lister.