The month of May is named after Maia, the goddess of the Earth. So, let us consider the creation. I am a firm believer that somebody has designed this world; it was no accident. Through Jesus, I believe that that creator is a loving creator who has given us a world to be enjoyed. We should show gratitude in response to the many blessings the world offers us and worship the God of creation. Therefore, we should act accordingly with what that creator wants, which is for all of His children to enjoy this world.
This is also the month of Christian Aid, whereby brave souls up and down the country would usually be putting envelopes through doors and two or three days later retrieving them; sometimes the envelopes contain money, other times doors are firmly shut. Obviously, they are unable to do that this year. I have always considered Christian Aid collecting a fairly thankless task. I once thought it was a good idea for outreach, that every door I knocked on would be an opportunity to offer a smile, say a prayer and collect my envelope. My experience of collecting was far from that; not only were envelopes that I put through lost, some were rude, some claimed never to have received, but most were apathetic and considered me an intrusion, especially if it was during Eastenders or Coronation Street. This is a shame because the premise of Christian Aid is to make sure children of all faiths can experience the delights this world offers. So many do not have clean water. So many do not have enough to eat. So many live in fear of their lives because of war and persecution. So, instead of door to door collection, which is valuable, I think we also need to think of other ways in which we can spread the premise of Christian Aid: Coffee Mornings, Quiz Nights, Tabletop sales and so forth. These are all ways in which we can keep the Christian Aid flag flying and in so doing let us be forever grateful that when we want water, we can simply turn on a tap.
Fun Fact: No verse of the Bible contains all the letters of the alphabet but Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters except J. Galatians 1:14 contains all the letters except K. Joshua 7:24 contains all the letters except Q. 1 Chronicles 4:10 contains all the letters except X.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon