St Lawrence Church
Stratford sub Castle

Churchwardens:      John Walsh Tel: 07913 867109
Sue Thomson Tel: 01722 782340

Vicar's letter

2024 June      Letter from our Priest

What calls for help when morning is here, but is often hated far and near?

Answer? A clock.

Clocks – they come in all different shapes and sizes, some large, some small, some noisy and some silent.  A clock…a thing of the past?  In an age of technology is it disappearing?  I suspect not… despite our dependence on mobile phones and watches the clock certainly remains part of our décor here. 

As an object the clock has a huge impact on us – it is something we can choose to live our lives by… or not.  It can provoke reactions out of us - how many of us have found ourselves anxious as we realise we are running late?  Or been surprised as we find ourselves with the gift of that extra half an hour we hadn’t anticipated (oh what a gift that is). The clock can sometimes run too slowly for us (especially if we are young and are eagerly waiting for something to arrive or for a special trip to come).  But the clock or time can also move too quickly and hold for us, dread – that deadline coming too soon or time simply running out for us to spend precious time with a dying relative or friend.  Yes, the humble clock can certainly provoke reactions within us, and whether we like it or not many of us live our lives according to the humble clock.

What does the bible say about time?  Ecclesiastes 3 is the most obvious place in the bible to reflect upon where it begins ”There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”.  It goes on to reflect on the rhythm of life – a time to be born and to die, a time to laugh and to cry, and much more.  And it is true, there is generally a balance to life, we need only look to the natural world and see the flowers bud and bloom then pollinate before withering away and the beauty they beheld forgotten all too soon.  We deduce from this then perhaps that time is precious and we should not waste it.  But does that mean we should fill it to the brim with objectives?  Well, that is ultimately up to you.  But for me using time well is to find a similar balance and rhythm that I pick up from the words of Ecclesiastes – to use my time for productivity, yes, but also for reflection, creativity, community and rest (there may be more to add to this list).  So as those longer days that we are enjoying continue and we are gifted with more wonderful daylight hours – how will you best use this gift of time?

(Revd) Suzie






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