Thought for the Month (February 2019)

A View from the Manse Window

As many of you know, the Manse backs onto an extensive garden that flows into a wood. So the view from the back window is one of a multiplicity of trees - some tall and upright reaching to the sky, others broad and round, others graceful and almost delicate in appearance. The range of colours even in winter can be breath-taking.

Such a garden attracts an abundance of birds and other wildlife. I am writing this just in advance of the RSPB Big Bird Watch which I am sure many others participate in. Even in a small geographic area we are privileged to see, and hear, such diversity of wildlife even in an urban area. At night we hear foxes, badgers, and owls, and during the day woodpeckers, wrens, robins and thrushes put in daily appearances.

Such a wonderful world God has created for us! So it is a precious custodianship that has been passed down to us, and one that we should take seriously and ensure we pass down to our children and our children's children. We can all play a part. Our hope is focused and centred in God. In Colossians 1: 15-20, Christ is seen as the agent of creation, the sustainer of creation and, as redeemer, the one who holds creation together. God is deeply and passionately involved in his world; God is no absentee landlord, but indwelling, accompanying, incarnate, and present as Holy Spirit through whom God calls us to care for our world.

Psalm 33: 6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

Rev. Helen Warmington

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