“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills” Psalm 121.
The landscape we are part of is indisputably beautiful. In this part of the world we are surrounded by mountains, fields, woods, streams
and rivers, and the wonderful wildlife that it homes. The countryside of which we are part, is precious and sacred.
Perhaps one of the reasons we value our natural surroundings, is
the fact that they appear to be permanent. No matter what else may be going on in our lives, the mountains will always be there; their presence is constant.
I’m sure I’m not alone in disliking change however it appears.
The people we love, our friends and neighbours are also part of our
landscape. In recent times we have said “Goodbye” or “Adieu” (“to God”) to a number of people who have been part of our community, part of our lives, part of us; so much so, that it feels like our very landscape is changing.
As I insist on saying, we have not “lost” those who have died, but
nevertheless, our landscape has changed and we need to fix our eyes on what is permanent, keep our inner compass fixed on God.
This month sees the celebrations of the Queen’s platinum jubilee. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community and give thanks for the Queen’s loyal and unwavering years of service to her country, in good times and in bad.
Her presence has been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember, and her life of duty and faithful service has been an example and inspiration to us all.
Yet, the Queen herself takes her example from Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve. In the times that lie ahead, may we fix our eyes on the One who never changes, whose love is constant, and in whom we, and all those we love who have gone ahead of us, are always one.
With every blessing,