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AUGUST Monthly Letter

I have recently been looking at the first creation story with the children in one of our schools as part of their RE syllabus on Christianity.

We had a great time thinking about God creating plants and trees bearing seeds, and all manner of living creatures. We had pictures of chameleons and meerkats, and it made me think afresh about the diversity of life that our planet supports and sustains.

The book of Genesis tells us that after God had created the world that on the seventh day he rested.

And this is in turn reiterated with Moses and the ten commandments: Keep the Sabbath day holy, meaning separate, set apart.

In our 24/7 world, maybe we ignore these words at our peril.

Time to rest, to re-centre ourselves is part of our maker’s instructions.

Many people who are retired will tell me that they are busier now than ever before.

August is the month for holidays when many people will be coming to our area to enjoy all that our coast has to offer. But even  then, busy-ness can take over.

WH Davies wrote these words over 100 years ago under the heading ’Songs of Joy’:

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

Happy staring!