I am really enjoying my first spring in the countryside, watching nature unfold; the delight of a jackdaw nest on top of the chimney, a hedgehog in the garden, spring flowers appearing, vegetable seedlings beginning to show themselves. And, of course, not forgetting our bantam chicks growing up fast. Sitting in my office I look out on our garden and watch spring blossom – I feel very privileged to experience it. The world is here for us to enjoy and look after. God made us stewards of his marvellous creation and sometimes we do that well, and sometimes we fail – just look at climate change and the adverse effects on the world.
As a country we are known for the love of our pets and many of us share our homes with cats, dogs, hamsters, chickens – the list goes on. They are important to us and we are called to love and care for them.
At the beginning of July St Peter’s Woolhampton are holding a Pet Service – and everyone is invited to bring along their pet (all types welcome!). If, like our cat, your pet is rather nervous, then take a picture of them and bring that along instead. It will be an opportunity to say thank you for all our pets mean to us, bless our pets and give thanks for God’s wonderful creation. The night before children are invited to bring along their teddy bears for a sleepover in the church. Apparently, teddies left in a church can get up to all sorts of tricks, but our spies will be watching them and will take photos of their antics! This is open to anyone who would like to come along and share in the fun. More details are available elsewhere in the magazine.
In the meantime, I encourage you all to take time out as the weather warms up and enjoy God’s breath-taking world: watch nature unfold after the cold of winter; take a walk in the woods; watch the ladybirds, the young birds, the wild flowers and give thanks. We are so fortunate to live surrounded by so much beauty.
‘All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above, then thank the Lord, O Lord the Lord for all his love.’
May God bless you all