At this time of year, after having emerged through the dark tunnel of the Winter months with the dismal weather and for many the despair of SAD, we are now firmly established at May day – the midpoint between Spring and Summer, when we can enjoy the new life that God has given us for another year – the joyous bird songs, daffodils and the warmer days.
Yes, we know we will meet the SAD and the dark nights again, and other times when we have difficulty coping, and God feels distant, but, as in the poem ‘Footsteps’, it is at these times, that He carries us through the tunnel and then walks with us into the new life once more. Again and Again, for ever, through the whole of our lives.
It is all reminiscent of a story associated with the hymn writer, Thomas Kelly. Kelly was a very rich Irishman, who lived at the time of the Irish Potato famine, when starvation was rife, and he used his vast fortune to help feed the starving thousands affected. The love and affection these people held for him is reflected in the words of a starving Irishman to his equally starving wife ‘Never mind, Brigitte, when we go down for the last time, there will always be Mr. Kelly there to pull us out’. As with us, when we think all hope is gone, God will always be there to pull us out.
So, at this time may we think ‘MAY DAY’ as opposed to ‘MAYDAY’ – the distress signal taken from the French word ‘M’aider’ meaning HELP ME, and in so doing dwell on the words of Isaiah:
FOR THE MOUNTAINS SHALL DEPART,
AND THE HILLS BE REMOVED,
BUT MY STEADFAST LOVE SHALL NOT BE REMOVED FROM YOU.