Wendy Margaret Home, because I know
those homes are safe places. In fact, as one
who lives there once said, “It’s a safe place
to be”, and I also know that those who live
there are well looked after.
I am afraid that can’t be said for many of the
others we look after and support. Not that
we do not do our best to look after them,
but because, for many of the 150 or so we
are called to love and care for across the city,
they live in situations we certainly wouldn’t
want to live in ourselves.
The words of Isaiah come to mind when,
inspired by the Lord, he said that we are
to set the oppressed free. The oppressed
are all around us and it doesn’t take a long
conversation with someone to nd out
that this is an individual who is trapped by
life’s traumas, and in many circumstances,
trapped by the world around them.
As we continued our walk that cold, wet and
at times snowy day, we talked about all sorts
of things. We talked about school, singing,
ice. We talked about CS Lewis and how he
came to faith. A bit random, I know, but you
had to be there to understand! We talked
about Tolkien as I shared that the place we
were walking through was the inspiration
for Helm’s Deep in “The Lord of the Rings”.
Part of our walk took us past Janet’s Foss,
a beautiful waterfall, and through some
ancient woodland. In that woodland, the
local conservationists had made some
shelters for lone bees.
The roof looked like an open book, hanging
down from its spine, with scores of circular
tubes stuck together below to create a
warm and safe place for our little friends to
live out the winter.
That also made me think about how our
Heavenly Father knows when even a solitary
bee falls to the ground, just as He said that
He does a sparrow, in Matthew 10:29-31. But
then our Saviour said these words in verse
31, “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more
than many sparrows”.
The world treads under its feet the poor and
needy. The vulnerable and struggling have
no idea what their worth is to God. It’s only
by God’s grace that the heavy laden and
browbeaten can lift their eyes to the cross.
It’s only by God’s grace that they can have
the scales removed from their cloudy eyes