Coronavirus – where is God?
Marina works as a healthcare assistant in the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital, treating those with coronavirus.
She had bought a car from a dealer. Many things were wrong with it, but the dealer was closed because of lockdown.
Darren, from ‘The Little Car Clinic’ stepped in and fixed it for free.
We have seen many stories of generosity. People demonstrating practically that they are on the side of the NHS
Jesus came for the dispossessed, the oppressed, the sick… God stands for those with coronavirus. He is on their side.
When Chris’s wife, Gabby, feels hurt or upset she comes to him for comfort. She doesn’t want an answer … ‘She’s inviting me to climb into the mess with her; to share the pain and feel it together.’
He relates this to the shortest verse in the Bible, ‘Jesus wept.’ where Jesus grieved for the death of his friend Lazarus.
Jesus ‘…wept out of empathy. His heart breaks for the heartbroken. His heart breaks with the heartbroken.’
God is with and alongside those who are sick and heart broken. God sits with and understands those who have coronavirus.
Sheila describes ‘…two of the most mysterious elements of our Christian faith: that God is the all-powerful creator of this world and at the same time he suffers impotently at the heart of it.’
‘…He is in the pain of the lunatic, the tortured, those wracked by grief. His is the blood that flows in the gutter. His are the veins burned by heroin, his lungs choked by AIDS. His is the heart broken by suffering, his the despair of the mute, the oppressed, the man with the gun to his head.
He is the God of Paradox.’
God lives in those with coronavirus.
Ref: Eastern Daily Press – Saturday May 16th
‘Feel your Feelings’ – referring to John 11:35 – by Chris Llewellyn in Premier Christianity (May 2020). Chris is best known as the lead singer with the band ‘Rend Collective’.
‘Sharing the Darkness’ by Sheila Cassidy. Sheila worked with the poor on the streets in Chile and was medical director of a hospice.