In one of his meditations, the blind Church of Scotland minister George Matheson tells us that our common human experience of loss and pain are there to be shared. He says: “We do not all meet under the sunbeam, but we all meet under the cloud. The cloud is the true conductor of the electric spark of love. It carries my life into your life, my thought into your thought, my heart into your heart. It finds the entrance through the walls which prosperity has reared between man and man and unites the soul of David to the soul of Jonathan.” George Matheson [1842-1906]
The experience of loss and pain shared by so many millions during the pandemic provides us with an opportunity to share our common humanity and common need for love and support.