“Self Isolation” or Sanctuary- Revd Inderjit Bhogal

A guest blog……

Some words from Rev Indergit Bhogal yesterday:

I dislike the term “self isolate”. We don’t want anyone to isolate or exclude anyone. Of course we want everyone to take care of themselves and others. We are all used to the idea of staying at home for the sake of health. We want to watch over others with love. The commandment to love God, and your neighbour as yourself is best practised in reverse order. Love yourself first. You are number one. Be a sanctuary to yourself. This is not a selfish thought. If you can love yourself and and be gentle with yourself you will better be able to love and look and provide sanctuary to your neighbour. As we are advised on aeroplanes, in case of emergency put your own mask on first before you assist others. If you don’t you will not be able to help others. If you love yourself and your neighbour, you are expressing your love of and for God. This is true spiritual devotion. And remember that Jesus only ever mentioned one number. He said “where two or three are gathered together in my name I am there in the midst of them”. Be in touch and in communion with with two or three. This is the beginning and deepest form of Church and community. Such contact is manageable. Worship centres are closed. Organise your congregation/ community/group to be in conversation and communion with each other in 2s and 3s. Do not practice isolation. And live in the confidence that God is with us and desires fulness of life for all. Do not doubt that you have sanctuary in God. Blessings and Peace. Inderjit

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