June 2nd - I can do all things

I was talking to someone who is ready to evict his son and family who have been living with him and his wife for a number of months now. He is at the end of his tether! If you are really struggling perhaps these words from Tricia may help.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I find these words from Philippians really resonated with me as we come to terms with our current situation.

We find ourselves in an unnatural environment, if we are working from home; home schooling our children; working frontline in the NHS; working to keep the nation fed; staying indoors for most of the day; not seeing friends and family who we would see on a regular, even daily basis; celebrating a birthday just with who is at home. So we are all under going a massive change in lifestyle in all aspects of our lives. Most of us find change very difficult to come to terms with but the number of changes, their impact on everyday lives and the speed they have happened can be overwhelming for any one of us.

For those affected personally by Covid-19 it can be crippling and without the close support we normally have around us, a near impossible crisis for them to cope with.

Let us all hold on to these words from Philippians and be encouraged and help to encourage others that we have a God that will support us and who we can turn to at this time of trouble to express how we are feeling and to be able to lean on Him as we do not understand all that is happening. God is a patient God and will listen to us whatever we have to say and however we feel, be it in anger or in desperation he will be listening.

For those who may feel helpless in helping others at this time because of their own vulnerability or worries ask God how you can help others to feel encouraged and to feel they are not forgotten. God will give us the strength we need to get through this if we only call on Him and ask Him what he wants us to do and he will show us and give us all we need to do it or point us to those who can help.