Church social life is on hold just now, but hopefully not for too much longer. What a difficult and strange few weeks we have just experienced and I hope that when you read this, life is getting back to normal. Will it ever go back to the way it was?  Certainly some things which we felt were important may not seem so important now.

One of the things that has been high on my ‘important list’ has been keeping in close touch with family and friends.  It is oh so easy to be living your life and thinking I will phone tomorrow.  It is so important to keep in close contact with family and friends.

We also take nature for granted.

We expect winter to finish and spring to arrive.

We expect to be able to get out and enjoy the fresh air and see the wildlife.

This year it has taught us that what we regard as ‘normal’ can sometimes not be possible. Nature is still continuing to do her thing; it is just that we are not able to get out and enjoy what she is doing.  Rest assured we will be able to see her in all her glory when this current situation is over and I hope we all appreciate and enjoy all that she gives us.

When fishing for Crayfish you need to put a lid on the bucket to keep them in, because they climb over one another to escape.  If one should reach the top of the bucket the others quickly claw him back down.

This is a good example of how destructive selfishness is. This is what happens when we are more concerned about our own gain instead of the benefit of a whole community. It is so important for us all to understand the need for uplifting, interdependent relationships.  We need to create a culture of forgiveness, kindness and compassion, lifting each other up, not putting each other down.

A quote from Thessalonians: “Always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else”.

If we are still under lockdown when you are reading this issue, you can watch a short church service by Rev Val Caffyn on St Nicholas Church, Camposol Facebook page each Sunday at 10.30am.

If things have been relaxed enough to make normal Church Services possible, they are held at St Nicholas Church, Camposol D each Sunday at 10.30am.

Chris Leiper