Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
Last week I picked up on the theme of hope during the period of Lent. I want to continue that theme this week with a seemingly unlikely story, but bear with me.
Storm Freya blew in over the weekend causing damage and disruption to parts of the UK. Nothing like the damage caused by the weather in other parts of the world , of course, but enough. Fortunately we were not affected too badly here, although the strong winds and rain made walking to the shop to buy some milk yesterday a bit of an unpleasant outing. But we needed milk and the shop is not far enough away to justify taking the car – just far enough! Wet through and wanting to get home as quickly as possible I was pleasantly surprised when on turning the corner I saw in a neighbour’s garden that their camellia bush had come in to bloom. A bit early? Well, the red bush always flowers before our delicate pink variety but it was good to see. It was like a light shining in the darkness.
In this life we encounter so many storms and disappointments. Just when everything seems to be going so well something turns up to disrupt proceedings. Yet the daffodils and the hyacinths are already in bloom and now the bright red camellia, just as they did last year and the year before at this time.
Surely the message we can take from all this is that despite the rain, the winds and the storms of life, there is hope.
Who needs you to show them that message of hope today
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years