The air we’re breathing in our most populated cities is cleaner.
We can see mountains unobstructed by the haze of pollution.
Our children are getting outside, and enjoying the beauty of creation.
There seem to be more birds and animals around, but perhaps we’re just noticing them more.
These are some of the stories we are hearing emerge as some of the positive outcomes to the safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
President Dr Deidre Palmer offered this reflection at the Memorial Service for Rev. Jeffrey Garrawurra in his home community at Galiwink’u on Elcho Island on 14 June 2019.
BIBLE READINGS: John 14: 1-27 and Romans 8:35-39
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you….Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)
I would like to acknowledge and pay my respects to the Kaurna Nation, their elders past and present, and all descendants of this clan/nation. They are irantiyarta, sovereign of yarta-ana, these lands and waters where we meet today. I pay respects also to all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with us, Australia’s sovereign First Nation Peoples.
People of the Uniting Church in Australia, you have been planted with roots deep into the good soil of the gospel: you’ve been established in love. May the love of Christ dwell in your hearts and may this love that surpasses knowledge enable you to be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.