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Faith vital in challenging times

By Don Fennell

Published 1:15 PDT, Fri March 27, 2020

In challenging times like these, faith can be both comforting and reassuring.

The Reverend Paula Porter Leggett, vicar at St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Richmond, says the first thing she tries to share with her congregation is that God is with us. Always.

“In these kinds of situations it’s not about Him not loving us,” she explains. “These things happen in this world.”

With social distancing strongly mandated during the COVID-19 pandemic, Leggett knows it can be challenging to reach out.

“At our core we are a community of people who gather as we live out our love of God and love of neighbour. When someone is feeling low, or we can’t get together, it (impacts) profoundly what being part of a faith community is all about.”

Also of paramount concern is the plight of those individuals who are hungry and poor, and lacking access to usual services.

“We have to trust in God and not be anxious or fearful because we are not alone in this. In the community of faith we are with one another,” she says.

As a Christian, Leggett says the idea of not being able to come together to celebrate Easter is also difficult to imagine. This is normally a time when she would be busy planning Holy Week (April 5 to 11) recalling the events leading up to Jesus’ death by crucifixion and His Resurrection.

But, she is also trying to look at the situation as one of opportunity—by embracing new technology online.

“This is a time when people might be taking their faith a little more to heart,” she says, adding “there will be new life if we have our eyes open to see it.

We have to expect God not only travels with us, and promises Resurrection, but is able to take whatever we have in our lives and use it for good if we can allow that.”

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