So after almost a whole day of lockdown apart from a sneaky visit to a hermitage, the boys were driven to the airport by our host Rachel. The atmosphere was quite eerie as roads were deserted, shops and restaurants shut, and children’s play areas taped off.

The main motorway into Alicante at lunchtime

There were some desperate scenes at the airport as people who had just arrived in Spain were desparetly trying to find a flight back to the UK. For those fortunate to get flights they paid five times the cost of my return flight. Others were not so fortunate.

As I understand it, I managed to get the last flight to Gatwick and Jacob and Stephen the last flight to Manchester. I cannot begin to imagine what we we would have done if we had been stranded in Spain for an indefinite duration. Thankfully we are all home safely.

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”It became apparent over the last few days that fear has a grip not just over Spain but over Europe and beyond. People have become fearful of becoming I’ll and loved ones dying. For me this is a time for the Christian faith to shine forth. For believers we know that death is not the end, for we have a hope that is centred in the resurrection of our saviour Jesus Christ. As the apostle Paul writes,

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Amen. Keep praying that the light of Christ will shine forth into the darkness through his church by acts of kindness and the proclamation of the good news of Jesus.