Revs Richard's Letter & Peter's Green page
Rev Steven writes
What will October 2019 bring? For Britain this will be a significant month in our history. Whatever our views on Brexit what can help us to face well any outcome that may happen this month? The saying ‘Keep calm and Carry on’ no doubt helped many in the second world war as people played their part in working for the national and international interests by supporting and fighting for good verses great evil.
What can help us individually in this different sort of situation now compared to then? It is a situation which is not so straightforward in regard to who is in the wrong and of course it’s not as serious, however it is a situation that is causing great difficulty for some already, and for many others anxiety and stress?
When we look closely at the conflict in World War II we realise that there was good and evil working in both sides. It is surely true that the allied forces were fighting a great evil but some wrongs were committed by our side as well, and in our time of national upheaval and muddle now there is again good and evil on all sides. That world war II saying can still help us in our struggles today but I think there is something that can help us much more and it is to do with dealing with the negative within us.
Alexandra Solzhenitsyn in his Nobel address, said:"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being."
Jesus came from heaven primarily to drive this evil out of our hearts through his forgiveness and cleansing. It is in this cleansing that an answer to many of our stresses and strains can be found, because in it God offers us a peace from above.
Jesus said “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (Jn 14v27).
If you connect for the first time or reconnect with Him this gift of His peace will be available to you. The word used by Jesus as well as a being peace that can be experienced also means wholeness. In this time of national turmoil may this deep peace be with you all.
A prayer for this month:
A Gaelic Blessing
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you.
Deep peace of Christ,
of Christ the light of the world to you.
Deep peace of Christ to you. Amen.
The Story Of Bees
Rev Peter Writes:
I am a big fan of Bees, without who much of the food we eat would vanish, as they are needed for pollination, because in many cases, no plant pollination equals no food.
Not all bees are the same. There are over 20,000 known species of bee globally. Around 270 species of bee have been recorded in the UK, but only 1 of these is the famous Honeybee. Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey. The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Most Honeybees are kept by beekeepers in hives, the rest of our bees are wild, including 25 bumblebee species and more than 220 types of solitary bee.
Like Honeybees, the familiar Bumblebees live in social colonies, usually in holes in the ground or tree cavities. The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination, and bees also pollinate around 80% of wildflowers in Europe, so our countryside would be far less interesting and beautiful without them.
Solitary bees tend to nest on their own, as the name suggests. Each female builds and provisions her own nest with food. Solitary bees include Mining bees which nest in the ground, as well as Mason bees and Leafcutter bees that nest in holes in dead wood, banks and walls.
All the honeybees you see are female, whereas other bees can be female or male, but interestingly enough, only female bees sting.
But bees are in trouble. There is growing public and political concern at bee decline across the world. This decline is caused by a combination of stresses, from loss of their habitat and food sources to exposure to pesticides and the effects of climate change. More than ever before, we need to recognise the importance of bees to nature and to our lives. And we need to turn that into action to ensure they don't just survive but thrive. Around 13 of the UK’s bee species are now extinct and 35 others are under threat of extinction.
You can help the Bees survive. Bee friendly seed mixes are readily available, just some in a planter will make a fast food outlet for them. So treat them as allies. We can have great gardens and help bees and other areas of nature at the same time.