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Viewpoint from Hazel Thackray 05/03/2021

Dove rightHazel Thackray
Authorised Worship Assistant, St Mary Magdalene Church, Gorleston

 
It has been said to me, many times over the past twelve months, “Where is God? How can He let this be happening?”
 
It is a difficult question to answer. If we have a loving God who cares for us, how can He let all this suffering take place?
 
This is not the first time something like this has happened, and I am sure it will not be the last. There was a pandemic of Bubonic Plague---the Black Death, which originated in Asia and spread through Europe from 1331-1750. The Great Plague in this country on 1665-1666 was on a much smaller scale than the outbreak of Bubonic Plague, but it was the last widespread outbreak on England during the 400 year pandemic. There was the global Spanish flu epidemic after the First World War
 
dove leftSo we have seen it all before---as it says in Ecclesiastes 1-“All things seem wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear it’s fill of hearing. What has been, will be again, has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun!”
 
How true this is—but now, as opposed to the Middle Ages, we are more aware of all that is going on around us—science has moved on, and we have the means to combat and beat this Coronavirus—Covid-19
 
God is with us, all the time, day and night, in good times and in bad. We do not know what His plans are, and how they will work out, but we do know that He loves us and cares for us unconditionally. We just have to trust and believe
 
Lord, who knows all things, You know that we are all troubles by what is going on in the world today, and wonder when it is all going to end, and where You are in all this. Help us to see that there is “nothing new under the sun”, and times like this have been and gone in years gone by. You know all, You are aware of our doubts and fears. Help us to put more faith in You, for in the end, “All will be well”

also published in the Great Yarmouth Mercury



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