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(header photos courtesy of Stuart Scott)
If you work for a well-known organisation such as a utility company, a high street bank, a major supermarket or the Local Authority, and reveal that fact in the course of a conversation, you will find that people are quick to tell you their opinion of your employer. You rapidly build up a picture of their public image.
I find the same thing happens with me and the Church of England (or the church in general). And what is the public image? Basically, that the church is always on about sin, and that only non-sinners are welcome. "Say a special prayer for me, Vicar," said one person I used to meet from time to time. "Why?" I asked. "Because I'm a sinner." "Why don't you join us one Sunday?" I ask another. "Oh no," is the reply, "you can do without an old sinner like me…"
Despite the debates about global warming and its possible causes this, thus far, cool spring brings to mind the eons-old adage ‘ne'er cast a clout till May be out’. In modern parlance this suggests you shouldn’t put your winter clothes away until June. So, as the French say, ‘plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose’; the more things change the more they stay the same. The meaning of this idiom is that turbulent changes do not affect reality on a deeper level other than to cement the status quo. The sun will still rise.
Spring seems to have arrived. Everything growing on nicely. We now need some rain. I am told that rainfall is some 30% lower than normal for this time of year. Drought we do not need. I will swear on a stack of bibles I have not run the hose more than is necessary.