“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.” Kurt Vonnegut
Originally posted on blogger on 4th April 2015
Last Sunday I attended church with Jimmy & Joan in Pheasey, a district of Birmingham. I heard the sermon, I enjoyed the singing but it was one of the congregation that stood out, the woman in question had the ability to welcome people with a hug and a kiss even strangers like me. She was being herself even though it seemed somewhat unusual in this age. It seemed to fit with a quote that a friend posted, ‘Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.’ It is how we treat one person that will tell how we will treat the many.
The news came through on Monday about the size of cuts the new provider of probation services is intending to make. It reminded me of how I felt last year when it seemed like it couldn’t get worse. On that occasion, I wrote that as a person of faith I, in such times, draw on the story of the crucifixion, the death and the resurrection and here we were receiving the news of cuts at the start of Holy Week.
In such times I think all you can do is go with the emotions and feel what has to be felt. It is only by going through the pain that we may begin to feel the relief unless death takes us.
The great hope of the Easter story is that even when it seems like the end something is going on and in time a greater story will be told. Today that greater story was for the man in the US who after 30 years on death row walked free and on being met by the press proclaimed, “There is a God.” Tomorrow the greater story may be yours. Let the Sunrise…