THE SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION DAY (Rev Sue Gill)

 

O God the King of glory,

you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ

with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:

we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,

but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us

and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

This week’s Collect uses the splendid – and not often used – word “comfortless”. I hadn’t thought about it before but it says exactly what you need it to say, and actually it is different from “uncomfortable”, which suggests something just needs a bit of tweaking, perhaps a cushion moving a little bit to one side, and – ah! – there it is. Perfect.

 

I’ve been very impressed over the last few weeks by the deep understanding in the parish of what “comfort” really means in these odd times. Time and again when I call someone, I’m told that the neighbours are looking after them (even if they didn’t really know their neighbours before) or “we’re looking after each other”. This is not being left comfortless, because people are making sure that they have what they need.

 

I’m sure you don’t need it spelled out! Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And may we keep it up when things change back to “normal” (?), to make sure we still have what we need. We can stop worrying about loo paper and flour but carry on offering – and receiving - friendship and support. Love comes in many forms.

 

SG