I came down to Fitzroy one Sunday morning particularly frazzled. Now that is a regular scenario. Even after ten years I am still as nervous every single Sunday as I was on my very first day!
Anyway, I am not sure why this Sunday was worse than others. It must have been. A few elders pray with me before the service and as we gathered one of them, June Pat, asked me how I was.
June Pat", I said, "If we get through this, you can be sure that God exists".
As quick as a flash, June Pat replied, "Steve, I am sure that God exists, so we will get through this".
It was simple BUT it was brilliant. Since that morning, I have said those words to June Pat many times. I have even texted them to her from Uganda and America. Her response still brings me some assurance when I just need a word.
June Pat reminded me of our little mantra this morning. In these uncertain days of the Coronarvirus our little back and forth might be worth hanging on to.
"June Pat", I said,
"If we get through this
You can be sure that God exists"
"Steve," said June Pat,
I am sure that God exists
So we will get through this".