St Lawrence Church Bidborough

St Lawrence Church, Bidborough



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Southborough Team

Vicar's View - April / May 2017

Bidborough Church

Last year Easter Day fell on the 27th March, the date I am writing this in 2017, which meant that Mothering Sunday was back at the start of that month, and after a cold grey February, I remember that the daffodils had not yet come into bloom, and the flowers that we needed to buy to make up posies for children to give to their Mums at our family service were still expensive to buy. This year there are no such issues - everywhere one turns, on verges, and in parks, gardens and of course the churchyard, there is 'a host of golden daffodils... fluttering in the breeze', to quote the poet. Daffodils are also known as 'Lenten Lilies', and as I reflected on that before our services this weekend, I was reminded of something that Jesus said, referring to flowers. He used the word 'lilies', but let us, this Lent, use 'daffodil' instead, in these verses from the Sermon on the Mount.

See how the daffodils grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you - you of little faith?

The point that Jesus goes on to make is that if God is able to clothe the fields in such splendour, then surely he will meet our material needs, and much more besides. Jesus closes by saying - therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

It is interesting that the Bible, written in such a very different time and context, speaks so much about 'worry'. It is said that anxiety is a 21st century epidemic, and we might think that it is the pressure of life in the frenetic digital age that has become the prime stressor. Perhaps the reality is that people have always worried, sometimes with good cause, and sometimes not. We know that Jesus speaks the truth, and we know the answer, when elsewhere in this passage, he asks the question - 'Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?'.

Is there a solution, or perhaps an antidote, to worry? It is certainly not straightforward, and I may not be the only one who would wish, at 3.00 in the morning when we lay awake ruminating on our concerns, that there was a simple switch we could flick to turn them off, or to put ourselves back to sleep.

And so it was good, yesterday, to be reminded of these simple words - 'see how the daffodils grow'. There is something faithful and beautiful in the life cycle of the these bright floral beacons, that herald the spring, and then retreat, to lay dormant in promise of another year. Often the simple act of noticing, stopping, staring, and giving thanks for the goodness of God in creation, can make all the difference to an anxious heart and mind. This afternoon the sun is due to shine, and the sun to be warm. I shall go and sit in the churchyard for a few minutes, and perhaps Wordsworth's closing lines will be my experience too.

And then my heart with pleasure fills

And dances with the daffodils

Stephen Hills


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