Pat’s Story

Pat’s Story

What have you been finding difficult and how have you been coping with physical distancing?

A lack of face to face time with family and friends. Physical distancing has been difficult.

What has God been saying to you in this season?

Permission to exercise meant I could walk to one of my favourite spots, Bellambi Point – looking north.

Ps121:1-2 ‘I look to the mountains, where will my help come from? My help will come from the Lord who made heaven and earth.’

God is also saying to me – you have been forced into a different way of life. Now let this flow into the life of the church.

What have you been doing to keep myself busy?

Reading, Sudoku, gardening, knitting, walking, writing, cooking, cleaning.

How have you been connecting with God?

Through Bible verses, a line remembered of a worship song, a poem, prayer. I love reading and even in a murder mystery God gives me a parable to think through. When walking I can feel my body, mind and spirit realigning, I can see myself in perspective to the world around me, God’s creation. “How can I say there is no God, when all around Creation Calls”.

How have you been connecting with the people around me?

A new connection with Steve, planning ahead so he can order online groceries.

Family – regular texts/emails and distancing meetings.

Life group – through messenger – fun, serious but connecting. Zoom study meeting and chats. Texts. Face book – power of positive thinking and crazy photos. All good.

Texts with different people from church.

What is your hope in this time of trial?

That people will see that some of the changes are good, that there are possibilities for more change (BLM) and that some of these changes will flow into and from the church.

What encouragementwould you like to give our Church family right now?

One of the songs I checked out after being prompted while walking was; ‘I’ll walk with God, I’ll take His hand I’ll talk with God, He’ll understand.’ Walk with Him, talk with Him and He will lead us in the path we need to take as individuals and as a group.

Is there any way our Church family can pray or support you right now?

I feel loved and supported by the church family now.

Through all of this time, this pandemic, I have good days and bad days. On the bad days I fall into a black hole. On the good days there is joy in the present and hope for the future. “The God on the mountain is still God in the valley…… and the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times.’

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