Steve's reflections on life

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Toilet Rolls And Pasta
Yesterday I was watching the news and in particular a story about ‘social distancing’ in some of the poorest communities in the world. A single police officer was attempting to enforce the law among hundreds of desperate people. One man was asked whether he knew about the threat of coronavirus. He shrugged his shoulders and simply said “my family are hungry, what can I do?”

While the British fight for toilet rolls, eggs and pasta, millions face a constant daily struggle to survive that is getting worse. The edited news then switched to the weather forecast for Great Britain which predicted sunny spells broken by cloud. No one intended any offence but it made for very uncomfortable viewing.

I remember when I was working on the Calais Jungle in 2016 coming face to face with a level of hardship I had never seen before. I would return home from my many visits to the comfort of my home and struggle to reconcile the contrast and contradiction. It’s a feeling I have never managed to forget and hope I never will.

Even a fleeting glimpse at the Bible reveals the stark fact that Jesus spent so much of his time helping the victims of hypocrisy and injustice. But ultimately, he didn’t just come to help people. Primarily, Jesus exposed the deep problem of the human condition and our separation from God. The church must face these challenging days with a clear understanding of its mission. Even surrounded by such anxiety and uncertainty, our most pressing need is to receive the forgiveness and transformation that Jesus made possible. Life on this earth only makes sense when we see it through the lens of our creator and our eternal home with him.

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