St Paul’s And Holy Cross
Thank you…..Thank you… Thank you….
Wednesday morning 6th January. I have just returned from walking with Smokey our dog around the Common. On this morning of freshly fallen snow, I was the first person to walk from the cricket pitch down to the Apostles’ pond (Schools closed, normal life disrupted). The beauty of the snow all around was awe inspiring. Thank you for this amazing experience… I mused on…Thank you for the wonders and variety in Creation…. Thank you for eyes to see, and senses to feel…. (I thought too of those who live in concrete “jungles” with little opportunity to experience what I was enjoying in the woods: it was if I was in Narnia!).
Thank you….for those who work hard in these circumstances… to keep us warm ….supply our food….look after the lonely and those confined to home by such weather…. those who rescue others…emergency and medical services… those who have to be outside to keep the rest of us going…every act of compassion and kindness…. Thank you…thank you
Thank you for the disruption and difficulty we have to face…..yes, thank you… for such conditions remind us of our vulnerability….of how dependent we really are on each other, something lots of us are inclined to forget; and disruption and difficulty challenge us with character building…
Thank you that these circumstances remind us that whilst we are called to responsibility, we are not those who ultimately control….we are part of Creation, not lords over it….
Thank you for all these things… Thank you…. Thank who?
With my greetings, Jim Stevens