Friday 29th May

Thought for the day from Ruth Marlow

“But now, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands”

Isaiah 64:8 (ESV)

Being confined during the last 10 weeks of the Covid -19 lockdown has been difficult and frustrating at times for me. I have felt my mood swing up and down as my level of anxiety about the future fluctuates. I have sometimes struggled to adapt and to take into account not only the impact these strange times are having on me, but also on others too. I know I have been a bit sharp on occasion, when I should have been more considerate, or sulky and difficult when I just needed to make a bit more effort and recognise that if I feel like this then it is not unreasonable to assume that the other person I am interacting with is too.

Yesterday I was flicking through my music sheets looking for some of my favourite hymns, which had we been in church as normal on Sunday, we would probably have included in Mass. One particular hymn jumped out at me:

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me, mould me, fill me, use me.

Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me. ( Michael Iverson)

At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the fulfilment of Jesus’s promise to the disciples that they would receive the Holy Spirit to guide and inspire them. It is perhaps too easy for me to blame the current situation on my occasional lapses in consideration for other peoples’ feelings and circumstances. This Pentecost I pray that I am more open to the Holy Spirit to help me smooth my sharp corners and mould me to do His will, especially in my relationship and interactions with others.

Ruth Marlow is the Diocesan Secretary and a member of the Bishop’s Core Staff Team