Messages of hope and encouragement 1 (10th May 2020)

Market Harborough Methodist Circuit – 10th May 2020
Messages of Encouragement and Hope
from members and friends of our churches

From Eileen Bromley (Kibworth):

We had lived through fear, shortages, separations and bereavements, but one of the positives was the hope that one day things would change.

Today [VE Day – 8th May] is the 75th anniversary of the joyful day I remember as a 12-year-old. Things did not change immediately, but the fear had gone.

There are obvious similarities today but we trust that our present problems will not continue for six years!

Paul may well have been writing for us, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need.” (Romans 12:12)

Rachel Hounsfield (Market Harborough):

As I walk along the canal every morning I have become increasingly aware of this wonderful season of spring and thank God that, if we have to be in lockdown, it is at this time of year.

I have had the chance to stand and pause and gaze at his amazing creation. Yesterday, in the early morning mist I saw an intricate spider's web hung with sparkling dew and a snail on the rocky path with a stunning, spiral patterned shell.

Today I stood and watched a mother mallard with at least a dozen chicks paddling their tiny feet like mad to keep up with her!

Thank you, Lord, that this time has made me stop, look closely and breathe. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear your awesome creation.


From Malcolm and Kath Harrison (Market Harborough / Husbands Bosworth):

Some time ago, during the winter storms, you [Andy] told the children that we could see the devastation and damage caused by the gales, but could not see the wind that caused it. At that moment, I "saw" a wind turbine in my mind's eye. Unless they are faulty, they always face directly into the Source of the wind. They "look" in the right direction to extract as much power as possible from the storm, for the benefit of all of us.

Now, we have a different storm: coronavirus. If we choose to face the right direction, and look full into the face of our Lord, are perspectives are altered and we see more of the love, joy peace and comfort to help positively counteract the enforced separation, isolation, loneliness, and death all around us.

Look towards our Lord, receive his Love and Live.

Also, at this time of the year, "dead" seeds are bursting out into flower and food plants, birdsong is fantastic, lambs are "gambolling", the stars can be seen clearly, and the air we breathe is purer.

From Anne Hudson (Market Harborough):

There were three men walking along a wall. Their names were Fact, Faith and Feelings.

The one in the middle was Faith. When he kept his eye on Fact he was fine walking straight ahead. But when he glanced behind at Feelings he began to wobble, fearing he might fall off the wall. I think this story illustrates we should not worry too much about our feelings. Just concentrate on the fact that Jesus died for us and He is our Saviour.

I hope this story will be of interest at some point. Thoughts are with you all at this time.

Best wishes, Anne.

From the Schelts Family (Naseby):

We just want to tell everyone to remember that the sun is still rising and setting, the birds sing and the grass grows. We have more time for each other, for prayer, for building our relationship with Jesus and each other.

Love, Jasmin

From Gordon and Margaret Shorley (Market Harborough):

At this unusual time with the media concentrating on gloom and doom whilst looking for someone to blame we see many things for which we should be thankful. The demonstrations of care for each other regardless of age and situation and the beauty of the natural world. This year has been outstanding for tree blossom we have seen catkin like flowers on the oak tree in our garden for the first time. This is but two examples.

Best Wishes, Gordon and Margaret.

From Roy Bills (Kibworth):

In reports and conversations to day we will be likely to hear the phrase ‘new normal’. This is relevant to the situation which may be noticed at ‘unlock’.

If we were able to worship together today we may hear about ‘all things new’:

The newness of God’s grace. The newness of God’s steadfast love. God’s peace which cannot be destroyed. Christ who died who died and rose again to make us new.

My greetings. Roy

From John Pearse (Market Harborough):

Hi everyone – missing you all. However, I must admit that I’ve quite enjoyed the first six weeks of lock-down – plenty of time for reflections and reading. Amongst other things, I’ve rediscovered some Christian books bought in my enthusiasm at various Christian conferences over the years, which, getting back to the real world have remained unread and gathering dust on my book shelves. The past six weeks have reminded me that one doesn’t have to be in a Church building or even with other Christians to be close to God. God loves us wherever we are and whatever our circumstances.

From Helen O’Neill (Market Harborough):

I have a lovely poem that I would like to share with everybody at this time, it was sent by a friend and as it is something we are not allowed to share with anybody who does not live with us, at the present time, I think it is rather appropriate:

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care
From your Grandma to your neighbour
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing
It's just the perfect way
To show the love your feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good
In every language
It's always understood

And hugs don't need equipment
Special batteries or parts
Just open up your arms
And open up your heart