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OPINION: David Robinson writes we can find hope during pandemic

How we can find hope in these crazy times

Right now my place is a mad house.

That's probably always true but it's especially true now.

My wife is working from home, my kids are being home schooled, I'm stuck in the house. As is true for most people, our normal lives have ground to a halt and we need to find new ways of doing life.

Of course this is far from the biggest problem we face right now. Millions are queuing at Centrelink, and all the medical advice is that Coronavirus has the potential to end many lives.

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The inconvenience I am experiencing is nothing compared to what many others are experiencing. Nor is it as great as the potential grief that we all hope can be avoided. Still, it is hard to escape the feeling that life is never going to be the same. People are understandably worried!

This weekend, Christians across the world will celebrate Easter. How could a religious celebration about events which happened 2000 years ago possibly hold any hope or significance for us in our current situation? Well the truth is that nothing could be any more relevant.

On Good Friday we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. I can only begin to imagine how hopeless that moment must have seemed to his friends and family. They had put so much hope in Jesus.


Yet in this moment their whole world had come grinding to a halt. What could kill their hopes and dreams more abruptly than the death of the one they had hoped in? Yet on Sunday morning reports arrived that Jesus had risen from the dead! In fact he appeared to them, talked with them, ate with them.

In this moment, more than any other is the Christian's hope. For at the heart of the Bible's teaching is a recognition that this world is far from ideal. Much happens which is painful, upsetting and frustrating. All of this is the result of a world which is out of step with the God who made it. Easter is God's answer to this problem. In the Easter events we see God join the heartache of our world, experiencing it in its fullest. In Easter we see God ultimately overcome the heartache of this world in the most spectacular manner. And all of this is to restore a broken world.

Right now we are experiencing a Friday. Everything has changed and we are stuck here worrying about the future.

As generations past have been confronted with troubles too big for them to solve, we are confronted with our inability to really fix this virus.

Yet I am confident that Sunday is coming because God is the God who turns death to life. I don't know whether life will ever be the same. In many ways I hope that it is not. I hope that this gives us a moment to pause and evaluate whether the way that we have gone about life is really the best way.

But I have great confidence that whatever happens in the months ahead there is hope. Why? Because of those events 2000 years ago. It is the same hope which has sustained people for centuries.

Because at Easter we see that God is still in control of the most horrendous of events. Because at Easter we are reminded that God can even raise the dead!

People are a clever. We are resilient and adaptable. Yet every now and again we hit moments when we are forced to admit that we don't have an easy or instant answer. This is one of those moments.

Yet in Easter we find hope. Hope of the God who joins us in our weakness and suffering in order to overcome it.

David Robinson is the Anglican Minister in Glen Innes