A Letter from the Vicar
God makes all things new
What amazing weather we have been having during lockdown - in fact the hottest and driest Spring since records began. During this time one of the real benefits has been greater appreciation of the wonders of creation. On my walks by the Stour I have loved seeing a heron, an egret and families of ducklings and cygnets, but I have not yet seen the kingfishers that many people are getting excited about.
Even if we are confined to our home, we are able to witness many more varieties of birds in our garden than ever before, and I am enjoying the symphonic dawn chorus of birds. Many of our flowers have deeper and richer colours than usual. In many big cities, wildlife has been venturing into the concrete jungle since there is less traffic on the roads, and with the skies free of aeroplanes and factories at rest, this has meant our air is less polluted, cleaner and fresher.
As the prophet Isaiah declares, ‘See I am doing a new thing!’ says the LORD. ‘Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.’ (Isaiah 43 v 19)
Now don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that God sent the pandemic to show us a new and better way of living, but we have had a glimpse of the way in which our world can change for the better. We have been forced to press the pause button on our frenetic lives, and there are many of us who have tasted this new way of life and decided that it is something we want to take on into the ‘new normal.’
Although our churches are physically closed, as an institution we have expanded out of the confines of the church building to support people within the community and been more intentional in our pastoral care and support for those in need.
During these strange and difficult times many have been drawn closer to God, as well as closer to neighbours and the wider community. Many people have been developing good habits that it is important they take into the future.
Here are two that I want to suggest would benefit us all:
Give more time to people to really listen to their needs.
Give more to God to listen to what He wants to say to us.