I work for a Chinese-owned company and on 16 March, they closed all their offices globally and asked the staff to work from home “for the foreseeable future”. However, last week, we got an email from the Chinese team that brought with it hope: the office in Shenzhen has now fully returned to work.
Another positive sign came from a former workmate who shared a note from her friend who lives in Changchun, China. “People are gathered in restaurants with friends and family. The elderly are walking along the river again. There are dancers in the park and children are playing outside. It’s such an immense feeling to know that, after two months, the end has finally come, restrictions have been lifted and we can move around freely. It’s such a relief”.
Even though we’re still in full blown lockdown in the UK, I find it encouraging to think that, in China, the tide seems to be turning. The fact that I have colleagues there brings it so much closer to home.
At times like this, the world needs hope. That is why, despite the fact that churches everywhere are closed, livestreamed church services are reporting record figures as Christians like me gather together in whatever way we can to celebrate the biggest symbol of hope the world has ever known: the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Why hope for the world? Because he didn’t die just for Christians and he wasn’t raised just for Christians. Jesus broke the chains of death for everyone.
All the very best,
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