The start of my year as your High Sheriff has come at a difficult time for many of the community of South Glamorgan.
By now I would have had the pleasure of meeting many of you. However we are reduced to this very impersonal method of communication, I sincerely hope this message finds you, your family and your loved ones well and in as good as spirits as can be expected.
Without being able to socialise or get out to help the community in times of such crisis is frustrating and surreal. I am trying to help as much as restrictions allow, by changing my company to make hand sanitisers and other supplies for our wonderful NHS, police forces and the global medical community. We are working 24/7. If there is anyone in the front line in need of hand sanitisers please do email me and I will try to help.
Easter would normally have been one of the most social times of the year for many us, with friends and family coming together to celebrate. However I count myself and my family as fortunate for although we are working to beat this terrible pandemic we are all safe and my thoughts and prayers go out to those in our community and further afield who have lost loved ones as this insidious virus continues to have a profound impact on our way of life.
This virus is terrifying in its speed and it needs to be treated with the utmost respect. Keep a safe distance. We have to hope and pray it doesn’t mutate; even though it is thought there maybe two strains already. And whilst the scale of this crisis is daunting, I am humbled and heartened in equal measure by the everyday acts of courage and humanity which serve to remind us that better days lie ahead.
We will come out of this better, more caring and respectful of others.
To quote the words of a 13th century poet:
'There is hope after despair and many suns after darkness.'
The sun is shining, the birds are really singing and the world is breathing more cleanly. As smart and as fast as this virus is, the whole world has come together to fight it and we will, in time, defeat it.
Stay safe, stay health and keep positive.
My Chaplin and cousin Rev Hywel Davies has very kindly put together a number of prayers including the following which I would like to share with you.
A prayer at a time of Covid-19
Heavenly Father, who`s Word encourages us, time and again, to have no fear, be with us now in our time of tribulation. We pray that you deal with our anxieties concerning the coronavirus in such a way as to assure us that nothing can separate us from your love. Strengthen the hands of those who seek a medical solution to our suffering; uphold those who care for us in our need, especially all medical and nursing staff of the NHS; comfort those who are ill; and give hope to all who despair. Bless the personnel of our emergency services, those local authority employees who sustain our daily lives and all those people whose voluntary service at this time promotes the common good. Grant this, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.