It is strange times indeed. Across our media, we have seen images of stock markets plummeting, empty supermarket shelves and aggression on public transport when someone failed to cover their mouth when coughing. These are in stark contrast to the images we saw during drought, bushfire and flood, where communities sat close to each other, shared food, water, and held each other during the toughest of times.
At Trinity, we reflect on Jesus’ response. How he reached out his hand to the leper in Matthew 8. The School is built on the convictions that this is God’s world, that we are wonderfully made in his image. How we respond to others, who are also made in God’s image, matters. We want to be a community that considers, includes, and cares for others. We want to be a community that responds well.
In an effort to respond well, the School is committed to reminding our community that hope, love and kindness are not cancelled. Large public gatherings might be, large School assemblies might be, but hope, love and kindness are not.
How can we show care and calm to others at such times? Some suggestions:
Seek and promote truth
Rumours abound, as do opinions and advice and public commentary. We encourage you to trust the School’s published information on this webpage, rather than rumours that may circulate in the community. Also, be astute in what you read online. When was it published? Does the headline actually match the content, or is it a click-bait call to action that simply raises your heart-rate and anxiety? Perhaps think twice about sharing such content.
Can you help someone in the community?
Do you have a neighbour or know someone unable to get to the shops, and can you go on their behalf? Even with the new designated daily shopping hour for the elderly and people with a disability, many in our community will still face challenges getting to the shops between 7am and 8am.
Be others focused
The coronavirus has only a 1-4 per cent fatality rate. Most people, such as young, fit, students, will only get mild symptoms. There’s a confidence that comes with knowing you’re part of the 96 per cent who will survive an infection.
But let us not forget the potential four-percenters who might not: the elderly, those with chronic asthma, and those with compromised immune systems.
Their best protection right now is to avoid coming into contact with the virus entirely. Their best chance of that happening is if the virus is not spreading within their community. These four percenters are depending on hundreds of thousands of strangers to be vigilant and take sensible precautions; not because they are worried they might die of the disease, but because they care enough about potentially thousands of vulnerable people who could.
What brings you joy?
It only takes the tiniest light in darkness for others to gravitate towards that tiny flicker of light. At Trinity, we have a Christian hope. A joy and faith in Jesus that goes beyond the troubles of today. As Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Take the time to reflect on that hope. Yes, our days appear filled with trouble, but in the midst of this trouble, there is a heavenly Father who cares for us. And He calls us to care for others because He has first cared for us.
For we are convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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