Who knew when we themed Festival One 2020 around hope in the one true God that we would soon be heading into a world wide Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic?

At 5:30am, a few mornings ago, Jayne woke me. “G! Look at this!” A corona around the moon. See the below photo for example.

Here’s the Wikipedia explanation of this...

“Rings around the Moon:
They are seen when the clouds are thin enough that each single corona light ray reaching the eye is scattered or diffracted by only one droplet. Of course, the whole corona is made by a great many droplets individually scattering the moonlight.”

What is cool about this is that the cloud has to be so thin that each single corona light ray goes through only ONE droplet. This is a beautiful allegory for when the magnificent glory of God shines through lots of ONE’s of human beings. One alone does not make the circle. All together we do. Lots of single droplets fully and transparently allowing the glory of God to pass through.

So... how can we as Festival One family transparently allow the glory of God to pass through? Especially in this very fluid and uncharted time of Covid-19?

Mark Pierson (Curator of The Precinct at Festival One) had these points in his sermon on Sunday morning.

“We have a responsibility to do all we can to stay well and if we are sick to not transmit the sickness to other people. Common sense prevails...
To do this is a truly Christian social justice response -

1. We free up hospital and healthcare professionals for those who most need them.
2. We are able to care for the elderly and our neighbours if they need it.
3. We can become more focussed on the needs of others and differentiating between our own needs and wants as our desires increase.
4. We can model to those around us what it means to replace anxiety and stress with a ci Firenze in Jesus for our future regardless of what happens.”

Excellent advice.

"Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--he remains faithful forever."
Psalms 146:5-6

Hope in. Not hope for.

God is in control. He is trustworthy. He is doing His work.

- G

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