Dear friends in the Sutton Park Circuit,
We are at the moment being urged to keep social distancing in place, in order to help curb the wave of the coronavirus in the UK.
In a time when we are asked to “keep a distance” and more physically separate from one another it is good to remember Paul’s words to the Romans:
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8. 31ff)
Friends, let us, therefore, daily renew our faith and trust in the Living God, and be praying for one another in hope.
Please do get in touch, if you are concerned about anyone who is in the hospital at the moment, or in the upcoming weeks, particularly if there are weeks when there is no visiting allowed at the hospital. The UHB Chaplaincy team covers: the QE, Heartlands, Solihull, and Good Hope Hospitals. You can email me: Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the Erdington manse (0121 386 5612) or phone the Chaplaincy and leave a message (0121 424 7676). Do keep your own minister and pastoral visitor in touch with the situation.
God bless, Rev Kathryn Darby UHB Chaplain Good Hope Hospital