October 2019

“The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown.”

My dear friends,

These words from Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditation are from a remarkable work which calls us to look at the word through eyes of wonder and to see things anew. I know that I have quoted them before, but they came to mind as I pondered the fact that we will be celebrating our Harvest Festival at the beginning of the month. Are they appropriate? 

In a world where so much seems wrong, we know that the harvest must continually be gathered in, so that people don’t starve. Global warming is at the forefront of concern for Western democracy, but far from the minds of those who can barely live at subsistence levels. People living on the edge seek merely to survive as best they can, sometimes by living in filth which we have sent to them. You will have been as shocked as I was by the stories of British recycling waste ending up being burnt on the edges of slums in Indonesia, causing terrible health problems to all living in the vicinity.

The Extinction Rebellion protests, together with the profile of the teenager Greta Thunberg, have attracted a great deal of press coverage regarding the current problems. I believe that our nation has a reasonable track record on the impact of global warning, whilst many other countries have a very long journey to make indeed. 

The voice of the Church (you and I) must continually make known the interconnectedness of the whole of the wonders of creation, together with the delicate balance to be held in tension for both nature and humanity, so that the glory of our beautiful yet fragile planet remains intact and a wonder beyond compare.

With Love,

Michael