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Thought For The Week

We can learn lessons from nature. I remember well visiting a farmyard near my home the morning after a disastrous barn fire. Nestling well hidden among bales that had been scorched but not burnt I found the sad remains of a chicken that had clearly died from the heat. I lifted it – only to find a clutch of eggs, still warm...

At the United Nations in New York right now there is a major gathering of scientists who study the world’s climate. They all agree that human activity has brought about massive changes in global weather, so much so that things are on the point of spiralling out of control. As I write these words, a day before the conference starts, two issues appear to stand out: one is that everyone needs to see that we are all in this together, and that we all have a part to play in turning things round before it is too late, and secondly the scientists are recognising that a living faith can be a significant force for good, inspiring dedication and selflessness that can bring about real change both locally and globally.

So, it can still be done; it is still not too late, not quite.

But are we willing to make the sacrifices involved? Do we have the devotion and commitment of a chicken? Or are we chicken?

Roger Seal

Spalding Quaker Meeting