Tuesday 23 June

Thought for the day from Linda Wainscot

‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.’  John 10:17

A Masai Community Leader, attending a conference in New York, was standing on a busy and noisy street when he said to his American colleague, “I hear a cricket”.  To prove that it was possible to detect this ‘quiet’ sound amongst the deafening noise pollution, they walked to some shrubs and, to his friend’s great amazement, there was a cricket.  Illustrating the point that it was possible for him to hear a such a quiet sound in a noisy environment, the Masai gentleman dropped a few coins onto the pavement.  Many heads looked around to see if the lost coins were theirs. 

This true story challenges me to ask myself what it is I am listening out for and what it is that is important that for me to hear.  God’s voice, ‘heard’ through the bible, during times of prayer and worship is the ‘still small voice’ that is too important to miss!  ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.’ (John 10:17) challenges me to focus upon training my ears to hear what is important during these days when there is so much other ‘noise’ that can easily drown out what God might be saying.

Linda Wainscot is the Diocesan Director of Education

National guidance from the Church of England

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"In light of the recent Government announcement, our guidance is being reviewed and updated.

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