With the sad news of the death of Captain Sir Tom Moore last week, who inspired the nation and helped us through the tough days of the last year, it is worth taking a moment to consider his optimism and resilience.
Too often these days, we are inclined to forget the wisdom and life experience of older people. Yet those who, like Captain Tom, lived through the war and other challenging times in our nation, learned lessons for life which we could all do well to learn from and to adopt.
There’s a joke which goes, “If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs, you obviously don’t appreciate the seriousness of the situation!” Captain Tom’s optimism wasn’t a denial, though, of the realities of the situation we were facing with Covid, nor was it an escape from them. Rather, it was that he stepped up to the challenge, and set us an example of all that is best in humanity.
His simple action, in walking up and down his garden, with absolute focus and resolve, to raise money for the NHS, was an example to us all. His characteristics of stoicism, enthusiasm, warmth, kindness and humour shone through every interview he gave, and offered us light at a very dark time.
I suggest that, as we remember Captain Tom, let us resolve to use what he taught us to live our lives with the same integrity of purpose and love.
Other news: Clergy Chapter will be meeting on Tuesday 9th to discuss the Deanery Plan, before it goes to Deanery Synod the following week. Please pray for all involved in the difficult decision-making process, as we seek to find a way through the challenges currently facing the churches in the Diocese and, especially on the island.
I hope many of you by now will have had your first vaccination. I am delighted to say that serving clergy were invited to go to St Mary’s last week to receive theirs, so I have now been Pfizered!
As more and more people receive vaccinations, we will start to see a way out of lockdown, and I hope and pray it won’t be too long before we can get back to public worship again.
In the meantime, please be assured of my love and prayers. Please give me a ring if you’d like a chat.
The pen and wash above is Heilung der Schwiegermutter des Petrus (Christ Healing Peter’s Mother-in-Law) by Rembrandt circa 1650-1660 and can be seen in the Fondation Custodia, an art museum in the 7th arrondissement of Paris Creative Commons CC0 License