Crooked Spire's vicar echoes Queen's message that 'we will meet again'
The vicar of Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire church has echoed the Queen’s message that ‘we will meet again’.
Following Her Majesty’s speech in relation to the coronavirus crisis on Sunday night, Rev Patrick Coleman told the Derbyshire Times: “I was grateful to be able to watch and listen to the Queen as she addressed the nation, providing as she does a sound basis of stability and common sense in among all the raucous voices, opinions and views of mass and social media.
“She very wisely suggested that for the many who are self-isolating or in lockdown, this is a time to slow down, to take life more gently.
“I know only too well how many people are still very busy keeping things going, and indeed how many are overwhelmed at the front lines of health and social care.
“At some point they are going to need time to slow down too – maybe not in the heat of this crisis, but certainly before too long.
“Like all of us, if pressed too hard, they too can break.
“These heroes need more than our encouragement – in future they will need rather more care, support and recognition than we have been accustomed to giving.
“In Holy Week Christians recall how God in Jesus suffered with the human race, and through the victory of Jesus over death opened up a new horizon of life and hope.
“Whatever you believe, we all need to hope.
“We need to hope that lessons will be learned from our communal experience; we need to hope that our priorities for society and for the world around us will change for the better; we need to hope that all people will learn afresh how much we need each other, and how we are not just individuals who can just do what we like when we like.
“The Queen was right when at the end she said we will meet again.
“That’s the very least hope that can get us all through this – but there is so much more to hope for, and to work for!
“Keep safe, and keep well.”