"Be joyful, keep the faith,
and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do".
These words were spoken by Saint David to his followers
in the sixth century and were
used by Father Tim in his final sermon before retiring as our Rector.
It is now 8 weeks since "lockdown" was imposed. I am lucky enough to
have a garden
and am pleased to announce that it is looking pretty good, though the odd weed still has
to rear its ugly head. What I have found surprising is how quickly time
seems to have gone by and been consumed by "doing
things". I have probably spent a
lot more time addressing, indeed enjoying, the many little things I have been doing.
few people I have spoken to recently seem to find the same.
As the pace of our life has clearly slowed down, rather than rushing headlong to the next
challenge, we can
indeed take time over the little things; achieve small victories day by
day and take time to reflect and enjoy what we
A world where we felt in control, where we
could obtain anything we wanted pretty much
instantly and where money and material things frequently dominated our thoughts
at the very least, been put on hold. Instead we find many people enjoying simple things
like cooking, growing
vegetables, exercising and even stopping to hear the bird song
and so on. At the same time, it is only when we cannot
visit them do we begin to really
understand the value of good friends and
family. Or, to quote Brian Ferry; "you
miss your water till the well runs dry"
bigger picture is clouded in mist and the
future is so uncertain that focussing on what
used to be for many of us
the big issues;
holidays, jobs, new cars (motorbikes in my
case) and so on can only lead to a good
frustration. To some extent we have
to keep faith, in the authorities and (if you
will) God, to work things out
get us back to some sense of normality. We
have to, as someone once said to me, "Let
come to you".
In the meantime, each day we can be
at those little things we achieve and have
faith that the sun will shine on us all again
and the clouds
will go away. Though I really
would like to dash off to the motorcycle
dealer and test ride the latest shiny "big
With all good wishes to you and
all who you hold dear.