This is a funny time to be writing to you. I live in the very middle of London and when I walk my dog it’s odd to see St Paul’s Cathedral with no one sat on the steps, and Bracken is missing the chance to try and steal the food they leave behind! I wonder how your life has changed? I’m sure you miss being able to play outside and see your friends in real life, not just on a screen.
I’m sure you are finding it a little frightening as well; I know I am, and it’s ok to be frightened sometimes. It’s Easter time and I can’t help but think about how suddenly life changed for Jesus’ friends in that one week. On Palm Sunday Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem as a hero to cheers and His friends must have thought everything was going amazingly well but by Friday Jesus was dead and they were hiding away and frightened. Of course, we know the end of the story and on Easter Sunday some brave women went to care for Jesus’ body and were the first to see that Jesus was alive. Soon all of Jesus’ friends discovered something new; Jesus was always with them wherever they were.
This did not mean that Jesus’ friends stopped being scared, but knowing Jesus was always with them meant they could keep going. I hope that through this time knowing Jesus is with us too would help us to keep going and help us do some amazing things, even if amazing might mean not winding up your brother or remembering to clear away your bowl!
One thing we can all do is pray. Before I was a bishop I was a nurse and understand how hard our doctors and nurses are working and I hope you will join me in praying for them. We can pray that God will help them, that God will give them the wisdom to know what to do and that God will protect them. Finally, I want you to know that I am praying for you, I’m praying that God will be with you through this time. If you ask your parent or carer to email me just your first name, I will add your name to my prayers. (Email your names for prayer to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London