How are you? It’s a question that has, in the past, often tripped off my tongue without much thought. These days, though, it is being asked by us all with much more sincerity. We really do want to know how people are, especially when we are not able to see them.

During this time of lockdown, like many of us, I am spending a lot more time on the phone than usual. The conversation usually begins with that question, “How are you?”. In those three words there is a genuine concern, because so many people really are not. There are those who have been infected with Covid-19, many with devastating consequences. There are also those who are struggling with the consequences of isolation. We cannot assume that anyone is ‘alright’.

At some time in most calls will come the response, “and how are you?” because we all care about one another.
Communication is important. If you are finding this time difficult, then do talk to someone about how you feel. It is OK to be not coping well with this. If you think it might help, then pick up the phone and call me. Unusually, I am in most of the time at the moment!

If you think that someone you know might be struggling, then you could be the one to give them a call and ask, “How are you?” Don’t worry that you won’t know what to say if someone says something other than, “I’m OK.” It is not getting your words right that will make the difference, but simply that you cared enough to make that call.

If you’re finding life difficult to negotiate, know that many of us are, but nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Fear it won’t always be like this. And know that God is with us in all of this. It is important that we respect this virus and acknowledge the seriousness of it, but we need not be fearful. I encourage you to invite God to fill you with his peace. And if you already have that peace, then pick up the phone and share it.

“Do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Luke 12: 29-32

Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC