Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 20 June

Diane’s Thoughts: Saturday 20 June

Lockdown reflections from our Session Clerk

Like many other times during lockdown, this week has been a week of mixed emotions for me and a bit of a rollercoaster at times. There’s lots to be thankful for and yet a lot of anxiety as lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted and we try to find how we will be able to meet again.

Monday started at our Drop Off point for the Community Food Pantry and once again we were uplifted by the generosity of people and there was some great chat too with folks as they dropped off their donations.  In the afternoon we delivered Activity Packs to the Food Pantry with craft items for children which will go to them with the family food parcels.  We are grateful to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust for the funding for this.

Thursday brought the much-anticipated announcement from the Scottish Government that we are now moving into Phase 2 of the exit from lockdown.  It won’t make much difference to me, as my family still can’t come into the house but I was delighted for my friend who has been shielding since March and can now finally go for a walk.  The First Minister had hardly finished speaking when a very misleading press release was issued by the Church of Scotland about the reopening of church buildings and that sadly has brought much anxiety.  We need to make sure that our church building is reopened when it is safe to do so and until then we will be continuing to be church outwith the building.  There’s much speculation and rumour about what will happen but at the moment it’s still unlikely to be any time soon.

Of course, Thursday was also the day which would have been the Fair E’en and I normally love walking round the arches.  Instead I went down to the Labyrinth which has been created in the grass at the West Side of the church and found it very calming and very helpful as I slowly walked round it and mediated.  I quietly prayed for all who I normally see in church and for all the people who have helped me in my journey of faith throughout the years.  It was also a timely reminder that I didn’t need to be in the building to feel close to God.  If you haven’t been to the Labyrinth yet please make a visit as I’m sure you will find it very comforting and uplifting.  Check out our website for resources to use.   Well done to Reese for skilfully creating it in the grass.

I spent Friday morning baking for our Social Distance Bake Sale and when I heard the Town Hall clock chime at 11 o o’clock, I had a wee bubble as I thought of Queen Elect Lily and all who should have been taking part in the Fair and my grandson, Andrew, who had been looking forward to attending his first Fair with Deanburn School.

So, a week of ups and downs but in it all I realise I have much to be thankful for and there is much to look forward to. 

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