Some pay the price!
We now look forward to some sort of resumption of church services in July. I don’t want to say anymore about this as I await instructions from the Diocese. But suffice it to say that it will be a great joy to have the church building actually functioning again as the church of the people.
In all aspects of our social life it seems evident that folk are generally looking forward to doing the things which have not been possible for months. Some might be inclined to go over the top. It is tragic to read of the policemen and women who have been hurt in trying to contain the (illegal) exuberance. They must feel they have been given an impossible job. They appear to be boring old killjoys – but they are only trying to save lives and suffering severely in the process! I heard one senior Police Officer saying that lifting significant parts of the lockdown on a WEEKEND was making their task a lot harder. Why not on a weekday?
It seems that there are many key workers like the Police (eg in the health service or service sector) who are putting their health – and indeed lives – on the line. The Christian call to sacrifice oneself – to lay down one’s life for another – strikes a chord and is being heeded (though I recognise that many would not see that call in Christian terms).
I think we all know that there are risks with the easing of the lockdown. Indeed, it is a near certainty that some people will become infected in a way that would not otherwise occur. So those people will pay the price for others’ enjoyment. I think that is a sobering thought for those feeling in party mood.