Monday 11 May

Thought for the day from Ruth Marlow

The early May bank holiday, Rock Lark Open on the Camel Estuary, has been a family fixture for my family for nearly 20 years. The anticipation of the weekend started well beforehand, as we would watch the long-range weather forecast to find out what the weather would have in store – would it be blowing a gale or would the sun shine, or, as was often the case, both.  The scenery is stunning and the sailing exciting. I think I can honestly say that I have had some of the most terrifying moments of my life surfing huge waves off the aptly named Doom bar with the spinnaker flying and my son shouting at we to fill the sail, sit out and stop panicking! I have also had some of the happiest times there, such as the time after a day of crazy sailing, I cooked dinner for 14 including my son’s future in-laws – it was the very first time we met them.

This weekend of course was very different and, as time passes in the lockdown, increasingly difficult. However it left me thinking about the importance of the times we spend together, the memories they leave us with and how these sustains us when we are apart or going through more difficult times. I am comforted recalling good times with family and friends. In yesterday’s Gospel reading Jesus comforts his disciples and I too and comforted by these words:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” …

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

John 14:1,5-7. NIV

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

National guidance from the Church of England

The Church of England website has a dedicated page for the latest national requirements and guidance.  I've noticed that this page is sometimes slow to load, or fails to load - presumably due to high demand.

At the time of writing the only change is a note which says:

"We are now examining the Government’s new guidance document, published at 2pm on 11 May and will be responding in due course."

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