Do the little things.... - Reflection by Dean Sue
Read Dean Sue's reflection for Thursday, 25 February, 2021.
Monday is St David’s Day. St David as I am sure you know is the patron Saint of Wales. Many of you will have visited the stunning Cathedral in the city of St Davids. St David was born on the south-west coast of Wales. We do not actually know the exact year when he was born, but it is believed to be sometime between 462 and 515AD.
It is said that he went on a journey to Jerusalem and brought back a stone which now sits on an altar in St Davids Cathedral, which was built on the site of David’s original monastery. He died on March 1 589 CE and it is believed that his last words to his monks were: ‘be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me.’
‘Do the little things’ is David’s wisdom for me as we continue to journey through both COVID 19 and Lent. It is so easy to become overwhelmed as we look at the needs of the world and as we work to build a better future. It is, however, in and through the ‘little things’ that God’s love is evident in our lives.
The life of Jesus and Jesus’ teachings are full of little acts of kindness as he healed the sick, forgave the penitent and raised the dead. It is in the small acts of kindness that big things emerge. Jesus uses the example of the mustard seed to teach us that that from a small seed will come a great tree and from small seeds of faith will come the Kingdom of God.
I was reflecting on this idea of something small developing into something so much bigger as I awaited my Covid vaccine this week. From a small amount of liquid injected into our arms comes an immunity which will be so much greater than one small drop of liquid.
Eventually one small drop of liquid will change the face of the way we live at the moment. Well it will in this country, but I wonder about the rest of the world and this got me thinking about how I could make a small act of kindness in gratitude for the vaccine and for the future it will bring.
I had heard previously that Christian Aid were working with the Diocese of Gloucester to enable people to give thanks for the relief and Blessing the vaccine has brought to so many people. The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Rachel Treweek has said: ‘the hope is that people will give generously to the work of Christian Aid from a place of thanksgiving. Whether people can give just a few pounds or a much larger sum, it will make a huge difference across the Globe’ (www.gloucester.anglican.org). A £20 gift can give clean water for 6 weeks in some African countries. If four of us gave £5 then from a small donation will come hope to so many people in the developing world and what a way to say thanks to God for the gift of a vaccine and for the freedom that will bring us.
If you wish to donate then please use this link https://events.tapsimple.org/page/christian-aid/we-are-thankful-for-our-vaccines.
Remember what St David said: Be joyful…Do the little things….
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