More Notes from The Orchard – 60
More Notes from The Orchard – April 2019
April – Apologies! This is a very difficult set of notes to write: since Easter will be so late this year – 21st April when in theory at least these notes should have been available from 1st April. That date of course precludes an opening to celebrate the joys of Easter when we haven’t even got to Passion or Palm Sunday so this month there will need to be a Part Two, ready for Easter Sunday, as I wouldn’t want to finish these notes on the sombre tone of the Crucifixion of Jesus. I cannot ignore either the shambles we seem to have got ourselves into over the political developments of ‘Brexit’ which appear to be going from bad to worse. We have arrived at this point because we can only see the picture through the lenses of our own vision which, of course, is the only correct one. We are right, are we not, and everyone else is wrong? We all believe in the Frank Sinatra anthem of doing things ‘My Way’, don’t we? Doesn’t seem to be working very well. . . Oh, away from politics which never manage to solve any problems in spite of the basic goodwill that lies behind the many attempts!
We might perhaps succeed if our plans included more consideration of how to make things better for other people but the vision of ourselves keeps getting in the way. . . This time is even worse because it is not just I’m right and you’re wrong. There are far too many of us who believe we are right that we can’t even listen to each other. We talk over each other, raise our voices so that our views are the ones that get heard and before we know where we are we shall be acting like Cain and Abel. Alas, our teachers forgot to teach us how to debate properly and we ourselves have forgotten, if we ever learnt, how to do it ourselves.
Perhaps we have all simply become too selfish. In these last weeks of Lent is there anything we can do to improve things in the light of the teachings of Jesus? It’s a bit late for ‘Brexit’ but we do have to go on living afterwards, however it goes. We need to concentrate on being kind to the winners so we can work together! And pray, pray that whatever happens the good Lord gets it right even if we get it wrong.
Christians believe that when God created us, he gave us free will, so when we are tempted to do those things we know we shouldn’t, we can always choose to say “No!” difficult though it might be. . .
© Katy Bell