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Another word for hug is embrace. We have all had to adapt, in many ways, during these times of lockdown, some things we have needed to do, some things we have really embraced because they have been so beneficial. As lockdown eases further what will you embrace as we move forward? Perhaps something that you have had to let go of during the pandemic and you can’t wait to pick it up again as many clubs, activities and events restart? Perhaps something from the lockdown period that you have found really helpful and will keep holding on to? Perhaps, as we emerge from lockdown it is time to embrace something new – maybe a commitment to something different, a stand for social justice or action in response to the climate crisis?

 

Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. ‘Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, "fiftieth"). Pentecost is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church's mission to the world.’ (BBC) From hiding away fearing reprisals the disciples now faced a new challenge, taking the Good News of the Christian faith into the world. A small group of people trusted God, embraced the challenge (despite all the dangers and unknowns ahead) and 2000 years later Christianity is still flourishing across the world.

 

What challenge, however large or small, could you embrace to help make our world a better place?

 

Dear God

Please help me to embrace change

To hold on to what is good, what is helpful, what is true

To let go of what is hurtful, harmful or unhelpful

Please help me with wisdom to know which is which 

Amen

 

 

Ed Gregory

Director of Education

Diocese of Bath and Wells

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