I always thought that having less going on in the day would make time slow down. Recent months have proved me wrong; I don’t know where all the time goes. My family and I have been in the Rectory at Saltwood four weeks now, it seems so much less time than that. With several trips to the tip we are getting straight and making a comfortable home from which we can serve our new community. I am looking forward, despite less opportunity, to meet as many of you as I can in the coming weeks.
Had the church been open as it has been for hundreds of years, I would now be beginning to see a regular pattern of life in both Lympne and Saltwood. It is frustrating that we can’t do the things we would normally do and enjoy doing. Yet, if we shift our mindset to the positives of lockdown the pain is a little easier. That is easy said but very difficult if we have health issues, have lost our livelihood or live with the fear of losing our livelihood or worst still have lost a loved one to this indiscriminate virus. We can’t change that now; I only wish we could. What we now need to do, and what I believe that lockdown has taught us, is pull together as a community. Look out for each other, particularly those less able than we are to do things for themselves. A slower pace of life, in my opinion, allows for a far better quality of life. here is a joy in meeting with others and sense of worth in being helpful.
If we can achieve a new normal that allows the time to maintain stronger communities, I believe we will have a much happier future. So, I pray for that and I also pray that jobs and businesses recover sooner rather than later. That as they do the pressure shifts from a desire for greed to a desire for a better quality of life. A life where we enjoy the company of each other and living life in unity. For I believe, that was the purpose for which we were created in the first place.
Have a blessed month,