Pandemic Psalms

“Reflections of my Soul during the Pandemic”

Ashbourne Group of Churches

Parishioners and friends in the town of Ashbourne, Derbyshire share their thoughts and reflections during the Coronavirus lockdown of 2020.”

Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

Romans 12:6

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

Introduction

The enforced lockdown due to Coronavirus during the spring of 2020 and possibly beyond has had a huge affect on the whole of the world, our country, our community and us as families and individuals. Some of us have been afraid, fearful of the present and future, worried about our livelihoods, worried about our lives and those whom we love.

Concept

This time of isolation has allowed all of us to think and reflect about so many issues and to ask some of the big life questions.

For some of us we feel numb as we try and come to terms with a new future.

For some, there is a sense of a loss of control on our lives.

For some, there is mourning for loved ones who passed away during this period.

For some, there is boredom and frustration.

For some, there has been the opportunity to engage with technology and support our communities.

For some, there is the time to think about our lives and those of our immediate family and friends.

There have been a whole range of emotions that will have had an impact on all of us at some point during the last few weeks.

It is not uncommon at times like this for people to put pen to paper and pull their thoughts and emotions together that can either be kept private or shared with others.

We are inviting anyone who feel inspired to share their own thoughts at this time in written prose or drawings/paintings to reflect on the impact that this pandemic has had on them.

These contributions will be pulled together into a book that will be published, printed, and sold with proceeds going to our churches.

Suggestions for contributions as follows.

  • Poem
  • Psalm
  • Short story
  • Reflection
  • Painting
  • Charcoal/Pencil drawing
  • Photographs
  • Basically, anything you would like that can be included in the book
  • All contributors can choose to have their names published or remain anonymous

Each individual contributor is asked to limit each individual written prose to 500 words. But you can contribute more than one piece of work. You can contribute written and drawn pieces or both in the same work.

  • Deadline for all contributions 1 September 2020
  • Please submit work in a pdf format to xxxxxx@xxxxxxx
  • Editing will take place in September
  • Printing will take place in October
  • Book available for sale in November

We are also seeking for ideas for a suitable image or artwork for the front cover. Please submit thoughts and ideas to xxxx@xxxx

Foreword by The Bishop of Derby

Introduction by Rev’d Duncan Ballard, Rector, Ashbourne Group of Parishes

 

Summary

Coronavirus has been a terrible disease that has affected all our lives one way of another. God always brings the good out of bad situations not just in the world but also in our lives.

This book will bring some of God’s light into our lives and those of our churches. It is an opportunity to use some of the gifts and talents that God has blessed us with and to share with all. Who knows where your talents may lead on the back of this?

Please feel that you can participate and share with us what this time of lockdown during the pandemic has meant to you.

 

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 5:3-5

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Genesis 50:20

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.