One of the effects of the current crisis has been to make us aware of some of the limitations in our society, that we cannot cope as well as we thought – in the medical, and economic fields to name just two. But it has underlined the importance of relationships and connectedness.
The Beatles memorably sang ‘All you need is love’. And St Paul writing to the church in Corinth explains what this looks like in chapters 12 & 13. In chapter 12 he reminds the Corinthians, who were a fairly independently minded lot, to honour and care for everybody, even/particularly those apparently unimportant.
And in chapter 13 he tells us how to do it in words many of us know well;
If I do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal
…. I am nothing …… I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Have a good day.
Looking out of the window on our back garden on a sunny morning makes me grateful once again for the beauty of creation, particularly in spring when (despite the cold weather) plants and trees are waking up and coming into bloom. That in turn brought to mind a childhood hymn, which still manages to capture the beauty of our world;
All things bright and beautiful,
all creatures great and small,
all things wise and wonderful,
the Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
he made their glowing colours,
he made their tiny wings.
He gave us eyes to see them,
and lips that we might tell
how great is God Almighty,
who has made all things well.
Have a good day.
So, its Monday and week 2 of Lockdown, and by all accounts, it won’t be over any time soon. I hope that time isn’t dragging too heavily, we need to be patient.
Patience, it is said, is a virtue, and the Bible talks about patience/self control as one of the gifts of God, and one which reflect his character.
One of Jesus best know stories is known as the parable of the sower. The sower (God) sows seed (his word, beauty of creation) on four different types of ground, illustrating four different responses. The first three either reject God’s story and invitation or only respond half heartedly. But the fourth hear about and respond to God. And in the words of one translation ‘steadily bring forth fruit with patience’. The sense here, far from whingeing or complaining but that through patient and faithful engagement with each day and its ups and downs that personal growth will happen.
So as we get used to a new way of living, lets be actively and positively patient.
Have a good day everyone.
April this year will see the end of Lent and the celebration of Easter in a very different way to previous years. Unable to come together physically, we are working on various different ways of keeping in touch and supporting one another. Please keep checking this website for updates. In the meantime, here is our newsletter for April and a few pictures from last Easter April-newsletter