Looking Back to Look Forwards

How do we find our way out of this crisis? Much ink has been spilled and much time invested in technology but, even with the wonderful vaccines that are coming, the greatest protection we currently have includes hand washing and social distancing.

How do we know to do this? We have learnt these from history, from the experience of having dealt with an outbreak before. Dealing with a pandemic may be new to most of us but not to humanity. Wikipedia lists more than 100 epidemics between the time of Jesus Christ and 1900.

From then on, the list is far more extensive as our modern medical methods pick up and record smaller and smaller outbreaks. We should be grateful that we can look back and learn.

The Bible says the very same thing, “For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures” (Romans 15:4 CSB).

Now more than ever is the time to turn to the writings of the past and learn from them. In the case of the Bible, what you will read about is the love of God for humanity.

Our verse for the year includes God’s answer to dealing with ‘pestilence’. Why not join us and pray for God’s forgiveness and healing? Trinity is made up of people just like you, yet we have chosen to accept the Bible’s account of history. The account that says this world is so amazing that there must be a good God who created it. It is our fault the world is in such a mess but God is fixing the mess one person at a time and all we have to do is ask Him.

Please pick up a Bible and read about God’s plan for you. You can find the Bible on the internet (www.biblegateway.com) or get in touch and we’ll deliver one to you.

Please look us up on our YouTube channel (www.trinity-manningtree.org.uk).

We open our church building once a month for communion but we are online every week. It has never been easier to see for yourself what it means to be part of a church. You can take part from your favourite armchair!

We continue to pray for all in the communities of Tendring and Babergh and would love to pray for you (our prayer line is 07716 866007) and are happy to help.

We are involved with modern day almsgiving via local Covid-19 help groups and other charities but can help you directly if you need us.

01206 393745 / 07732 115107

This article runs in the February issue of the Capel edition, which you can read in full by clicking on Magazines.

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