Thought for the week – from the Rev.David Jones
The ‘Nightingale’ Hospital in London opens its doors today to accommodate up to four thousand patients. Five hundred will be admitted initially to ease the congestion and demands which the Corona virus is having on our already overstretched National Health Service. Similar hospitals will open in major centres throughout the United Kingdom, reflective of the deep level of commitment being shown to those who are suffering from this dreadful virus.
Last week we clapped on our doorsteps in appreciation of the wonderful and dedicated work of the doctors, nurses and all others who are working tirelessly in alleviating the suffering of so many.
There’s a battle going on to defeat this pandemic and those on the front line are risking their health and that of their families for us.They deserve not only our deep appreciation but more importantly our prayers – that God will protect them and keep their families safe. Never forgetting all others who are going that extra mile in our support services, the supermarkets and pharmacies, our armed forces who are stepping up and all who through acts of kindness and compassion are restoring our faith in the human spirit. One thing’s for sure, we will come through this pandemic because of this army of love and compassion and we will be a better and more caring society because of their example.
Margaret, my grandmother, died in December 1918 in the ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic which world-wide claimed the lives of over fifty million people. She left her husband,recently returned from the front line in France, and three young boys, one my father. Sadly, there are families who, over a hundred years later will already have lost loved ones and there may well be many more in the months before us; only history will tell us the final cost of this pandemic in terms of human loss.
Thank God then for those like the ‘the lady with the lamp’ Florence Nightingale who are fighting the battle for us. They are bringing light and hope and the Bible promises that they will see the fruit of their labours.
On that first Palm Sunday Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem to the cries of ‘Hosanna’. The King claiming the city as his own, challenging all the forces of evil – within days to die for the sins of the world and to rise victorious on Easter day. Like Margaret, and all the saints through the ages we trust in that final victory over evil, sickness, death and the grave – The light is coming – ‘Hosanna to him who comes in the Name of the Lord’