A little girl near me began school this term. She told me her teacher had told her -obviously to help the children settle – that love is like an invisible string that connects us and our family and friends, even when they are not with us.

What a lovely thought. And it is so true for all of us. Those strings have been tugging at us sometimes during these six months, and I am so grateful for the post, the phone, and other technologies that have strengthened those strings.

It is not just little children who need to know that those strings are there and that they can be renewed as we get in touch in some way. Adults, too, need to renew and reinforce them. I am sure everyone has old friends with whom they regret having lost touch.

I’ve also discovered it’s no good waiting for someone else to make the first move – “seize the day”.

The thing I have missed is postcards from holiday destinations, as no-one has been away!

Of course, the follow-up to this is that we are connected to God with an invisible string of love. Hosea knew this when God says, “I led them with cords of kindness, with ties of love” – even while God knew the people had turned away from him. They had lost touch, not him.

We don’t need to do that. We can know Jesus is “nearer than breathing, closer than hands or feet” said Tennyson.

Jesus himself said, even as he left the earth, “Lo I am with you always, even to the ends of the world”.

Keep that image of the invisible string to God as he sends his love; keeps us secure; tugs when we go astray. We need to keep holding on with prayer and reading his Word so we can always know that love.

[Janet Lawrence]