The first casualties of upheaval can be love, kindness, and patience. But crisis is also a moment when love for God & one another can spring up. For 150 days, starting on 17th March 2020, I will write 300 words based on one of the 150 psalms in the bible. How can I find and give love in the midst of coronavirus?

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (Psalm 8:1-4)

Forced to be writing this from my house – as with so many of us – adjusting to new circumstances. But I can see the garden – and I can see a robin building a nest. This now sounds like the beginning of a rather cheesy “thought for the day” – but the constraints placed on our lives means that we are all forced to look out of the window a bit more, and up at the sky when we take the exercise that we are allowed.

It is a powerful reminder that the world we live in – however damaged by sin- is still the work of God’s hands. He made it, and it’s amazing – even though it suffers – and we suffer with it. Psalm 8 starts with David considering all that God has made – stars, the heavens, the words of children – and saying they point to God. What is more incredible – is that God has made all this – and yet it is humans that are His greatest treasure. He has made us and He is “mindful of us”. We need to hear this – He thinks of everyone – and He also thinks of you. He sees you, He knows you – He is MINDFUL of you. If you are alone at home, dealing with upheaval, sick, concerned about money, trying to help others – His mind is full of you – and as Psalm 8 – He cares for you, for us, for the world.

God bless you, Matt Frost