What strange and extraordinary times we live in! Here I am, writing this letter from my home in Sudbury while feeling as if I live in Barrow – because I have got to know so many of you now, even though I am over 20 miles away! Thanks to modern technology, I have managed to step into the role as the interim priest-in-charge ‘remotely’. I have undertaken many Zoom meetings, made lots of phone calls – and in fact anything to do with parish work I have carried out ‘remotely’ (even down to my licencing by Bishop Mike!) I guess what this Covid situation has proved is that we are all becoming more innovative and extra resourceful. Many of us have found alternative ways to live our lives and carry on with our work and ministry, but with far more imagination and creativity. And yet nothing will take the place of meeting you all face to face over a cup of coffee. How I miss the opportunity to be able to sit down and have a chat. I do pray that time will return soon.
But do we all want to return to life as it was before, or should we be thinking about how we can apply these months of enforced isolation to a change of life, a change of attitude, a change for the better? How will this experience shape our lives in the future? I don’t think we should stand still or look over our shoulder reminiscing about the past, but rather use the lessons we have learned during this time to enable us to all work together for the greater good that I believe will ultimately emerge – so that we become a more loving, sharing and generous community, a stronger and even more resilient people. As Bishop Martin said recently, ‘I am utterly convinced that this is a moment for us to reach for transformation for the good of all.’
I hope that by the time this letter is published there will be better news for us all, with further lifting of restrictions. I hope too, that I may be able to meet some of you – I am very keen to hear your stories and find out how, together, we can work towards building an even stronger community. I pray that God will continue to guide us and that we will be a transformed people. As St Paul says in his second letter to the Corinthians: ‘And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.’
With love and prayers,
To contact the Rev’d Lynda:
Tel: 01787 313769