Dear friends and Easter Greetings,
I hope you are managing to enjoy some of the sunshine and easing of lockdown restrictions – meeting in groups of 6 outside is feeling like a lot of freedom!
Quite a lot has happened since I last wrote. Most notably, Alex was in hospital for a month from mid-February navigating an acute manic episode with psychosis. That time was very scary and challenging for both of us in different ways. This episode was triggered by reducing some bipolar medication which Alex had been stable on for over 10 years (supervised by a psychiatrist). The only plus to this is that it at least reassures us the condition is treatable and these episodes are preventable on the right meds.
Alex is now really well psychiatrically and it is so great to have him home, but we are having to pace ourselves. Alex is needing a lot of extra sleep and is having to build activities up slowly, meaning a break from most of his ministry commitments for a few more weeks. We have felt incredibly supported throughout all of this, for which we are so grateful – by both our families, our places of work/ministry who have been very flexible, and many praying and generous friends.
We know God has been with us in the midst of all this, providing moments of hope, peace and comfort just when we have needed. We also pray and trust that he will use this situation for his good – giving us more understanding and empathy towards those facing their own mental health issues; a greater appreciation of our health and many blessings; and a healthy humility and dependence on God.
Aside from this episode, since I last wrote, we have continued to co-lead the dispersed Young Franciscan community; I have appreciated my regular prayer triplet; we did some tree planting on our estate; I joined our Eco-church team; and I have been back at CMS (virtually) studying our latest module on Mission Theology in Global Context, which has been really interesting. Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, we hope to make more connections locally and build on some we have already made but that have largely been restricted to online until now. We are still very happy in Northolt, and are particularly enjoying our garden again now that spring has come.
- A full recovery for Alex, patience while we wait, and wisdom on when to take up responsibilities again
- Opportunities to build local relationships in our neighbourhood
- Help with meeting all my assignment deadlines coming up in June
Many thanks to you all for your ongoing support and love.