I started lockdown with a twitter hashtag #SummerIsComing. It was my way of reminding myself and perhaps others that although we were entering a dark period like winter when we would be locked away, huddled at home, these dark times would eventually pass. We could look forward to summer coming.
I said at the time that we should look forward to the physical summer and the end of lockdown, a reminder that God is able to keep us through difficult days. However, I also said that when we got to the summer, things might not be as we expected. We might not see a complete end to the virus, measures might still be in place and we could find ourselves facing further spikes and a second wave.
Well, we are here now. Summer is here. We have got through the worst of lockdown. We come through grieving the loss of loved ones, concerned about the welfare of others but deeply aware of God’s presence with us through this time. And yes, summer is here but we are still a long way from where we would want to be. Our churches can open but not all are able to and still many cannot attend. Our services are likely to be severely truncated.
So, once again, we need to remind one another that a greater, better summer is coming. We look forward beyond even the final ending of this pandemic and trust in God. A day is coming when Christ will return and bring an end to disease and death. He will wipe away every tear and he will take us safely home to be with him.
As we begin to enjoy this earthly summer, let’s keep our hearts and mines fixed on that greater and better day. We live in the now and the not yet. #SummerIsHere and #SummerIsStillComing.