Dissonance and permanence

As I sat drinking my tea in the early morning darkness today, I had half an ear on the radio.  The other half was on Alexa reading me “Cops and Robbers” with great dramatic flare and full use of her sparse vocabulary (man up stairs- NO! Shhhh….Running. Baby spoon nice food, mummy”).

The half listening to the news heard that in Mumbai, India, right this minute there is a terrible hostage situation in two posh hotels and over a hundred people have already died.  Yesterday two major UK businesses went into administration, including Woolworths, which everyone seems to have a sentimental attachment to now it is on its way out.  Another airport in Bankok has been taken by anti-democracy protestors, and the investigation continues into a man who fathered nine children with his own daughters.

I have since got dressed, dressed Alexa and had breakfast.  In a minute we are going to a new toddler group with a friend and this afternoon I am doing a food shop and going to get my artwork from Sunday framed for a wedding gift (for the blog-reading faithfuls, this is the Swiss wedding couple’s pressie).  Another “normal” day here.

It is a strange world.  And today what is holding it together for me is something Paul wrote to the Corinthians.  I hope and pray that for those of you living in crisis it will hold you together too.

“Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  Our troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4: 16-18).