Lessons must be learnt (2) – Fragile, Broken World

I continue to muse on ‘Lessons we must learn’ from our coronavirus-world…

Our world is fragile. Racial prejudice and the plight of refugees affects the whole world. They don’t need to affect us directly in this quiet corner of Eastern England.

We see pictures of national fragility – the explosion in Beirut, extreme political unrest in Belarus… We can be hardened, conveniently distancing ourselves from the problem.

But Covid 19… coming suddenly, without warning, affects everybody. We all see the fragile world.

Our society is broken. I never thought I would quote David Cameron. In his 2011 ‘Big Society’ speech he said:

‘… there are too many parts of our society that are broken, whether it is broken families or whether it is some communities breaking down; whether it is the level of crime, the level of gang membership; whether it’s problems of people stuck on welfare, unable to work; … we do need a social recovery to mend the broken society.’

Life is fragile. Covid 19 has affected our communities – doctors’ surgeries, hospitals, schools, shops, pubs, churches, dental surgeries…

Work-lives are affected: working from home, furlough, redundancies, businesses struggling for survival….

Family life is affected. Cancelled leisure activities and holidays, home-schooling, exam results; increasing mental ill-health, domestic abuse, social isolation…

What we thought was solid and secure is now fragile and, in some cases, broken.

There is hope: ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’ (Isaiah 43:2)

Some grow to accept that they live in a fragile, broken world; there is no way out. Isaiah speaks of passing through the difficulties. Not staying there. Christian hope says that there is a way through.

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