THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Back to school?

Rev Alan Barker
Rev Alan Barker

Some sights are premature…and dispiriting! ‘Back to School’ displays have appeared in some shops well before the start of the summer holidays! ‘For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven’ observes the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.

True! Such wisdom seems to be unheeded in today’s market-place! The changing seasons teach us to live in harmony with the earth. We’re led to appreciate each moment for the pleasures it contains and each day for the opportunities it brings. Worrying unduly about tomorrow – and the exam results that will arrive – will only spoil present enjoyments.

As we grow older we learn that both seasons and holidays do eventually come to an end

‘Summer was also the time of… sudden plenty, of slow hours and actions’ recalls Laurie Lee in Cider with Rosie, ‘of jazzing wasps and dragonflies, haystooks and thistle-seeds, snows of white butterflies’. ‘All this, and the feeling it would never end’.

As we grow older we learn that both seasons and holidays do eventually come to an end. We meet with disappointments and sadness, as well as joys. Such are life’s seasons. But a popular hymn points us to ‘All things bright and beautiful’, and assures us that the ‘cold winds of the winter’ are countered by the ‘pleasant summer sun’.