The old normal – and a new normal (continued)
The old normal – and a new normal? (continued)
In Matthew 6:28, Jesus exhorts us to “consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.”
The exhaustion of constant work and activity, especially in cities, has been set against the quietude of plane-less skies, car-less streets and furloughed work. Some have suffered greatly. Almost all have had time to think. Many have re-discovered the green and blossoming beauty around us. We have realised that we are not separate from nature: we are nature. If we are fortunate enough to have a car, its batteries have sometimes gone flat. We walk locally. If young, we are cycling more. Here on the edge of Bradford, Yorkshire, I see more horse-riders on the roads. I savour the aroma of flowers. I listen to the suddenly singing birds.