“I’ve been thinking a lot about eyes recently. One year into this pandemic, my eyesight has changed. Lots of folk have told me the same thing, whether spectacle-wearers like me, contact-users, or those who’ve historically managed without either. All the screen time we’ve put in through Covid has made us more short-sighted, or far-sighted, or whatever-sighted. My varifocals cost a bomb before Lockdown 1.0 last March. Now I have to take them off to read a book. Talk about defeating the object! As restrictions ease, I’m not the only one who’ll be re-visiting the opticians.

Prescriptions can change, as can perceptions and perspectives more generally. This pandemic has challenged not just our eyesight, but our priorities. Yet through it all, one point of focus has never changed.

In Hebrews 12:2-3 Jewish Christians facing all kind of pressures are told: ‘fix your eyes on Jesus…that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’ Through all the stresses of past 12 months, here at Moorlands we’ve kept praying together, worshipping together and learning together faithfully – our gaze set firmly on Christ. Several of us may need a new eye test soon – but our spiritual vision has held good. Thank you all so much for that – and thanks to God for keeping our sights on the Saviour.” – David Hilborn