Tuesday 28 July

Thought for the day from Sarah Edmonds Maguire

“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10

On Sunday, John Lewis crossed the Pettus Bridge in Selma for the last time. Lewis, the civil rights campaigner, marched across the same bridge 55 years ago on Bloody Sunday – a landmark event in the fight for voting rights for African Americans. His funeral will be later this week.

Barack Obama said of Lewis, “I stood on his shoulders”.

Many of us enjoy privileges and rights because of others on whose shoulders we stand. I vote because of the campaigning of the suffragettes. I am educated because of the great social reformers of the past centuries. I am a priest because of the women and men who went before me to allow that to happen.

Above all, I am a follower of Christ because of generations of others – some famous and others whose names are now lost to us -  who, having encountered Christ for themselves, stopped at nothing to allow others to do the same.

I am inspired by their stories, their struggles and their witness. And I am left with an abiding question – whose struggles today am I prepared to make my own? For whom is Christ calling me?

Sarah Edmonds Maguire is the Area Dean Shipston