SCHOOL’S OUT!! … and as I’m writing these notes it couldn’t be more like summer – clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and lovely and warm (maybe too warm!)
Do you remember that end of term feeling? Six or seven weeks stretching endlessly ahead with time to relax, to play, to enjoy treats and outings and holidays. What happiness! What freedom! No more school until September! I’m sure it wasn’t quite the same for the teachers, they still had work to do, and then needed the well-earned rest so as to recover, and gather new energy, and start preparing for the next school year. But as children, it was freedom!
We’ve just had what some have called “Freedom Day”, a significant dropping of the restrictions and regulations that we’ve lived with for so long because of the Covid crisis. So it feels a bit like “school’s out!” for all of us.
Inevitably a few will have taken that too far, and perhaps been on the verge of abusing the freedom we’ve been given. With freedom comes responsibility, and that can be a bit scary – taking responsibility for ourselves, being responsible towards others, and remembering that regardless of the rules and regulations the Covid virus is still very much out there and it can spread at alarming rates. But nevertheless, we celebrate the freedom we now have – brought about in large part by the miracle of the vaccine – and I’m sure we all look forward to particular freedoms, and being able to do some things that have been denied to us for so many months.
“Know the truth and the truth will set you free” said Jesus [John 8:32]. He was speaking of the truth of God’s love, and the truth of his own crucial role in setting men and women free into the fullness of God’s love as his children. In that same conversation Jesus said: “If the Son [referring to himself] sets you free, you will be free indeed”. And as a summary of this good news of freedom: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” [John 3:16].
Have a great summer time; enjoy the Covid freedom responsibly; and discover more of God’s love, who sets you free through Jesus.