by Revd. Andy Murphie, Crosthwaite Church, Keswick.
To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment… the sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.” The words of Captain Tom Moore – a legend at 99, not just for his amazing fundraising, but for inspiring us all.
Yes, life is difficult right now and will be in the future. Life is overwhelming and heart-breaking. Exhausting. Confusing. Worrying. Uncertain. Unreal. All of that, and more. Yet, life is also never without hope, never without beauty, never without things that touch our hearts and lift our spirits. We see these things around us and especially in our amazing community.
I’ve been moved by a lot of things recently… Captain Tom, Clap for Carers, people selflessly giving and sharing and helping and caring… people enjoying one another’s company again… the lambs in the fields, the sound of woodpeckers… and the sun shining. Hope and life are there amongst the clouds – they really are.
It reminds me of some words from the Bible that I think can be shared by us all, whether we consider ourselves religious or not: whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.