November Letter from Revd Judy Miller

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

Reunions, Renewal and Remembrance

By the time you read this the clocks will have changed as we head inexorably towards the shortest day of the year. Rather than be downcast, I’m excited at the prospect of seeing my son and his family for the first time since February 2020. I’ll meet my new grandson, Jude, so I’m currently on tenterhooks for USA to define ‘early November’! 

Offsetting the carbon impact of our journey is small acknowledgment that, to fulfil this dream, we undertake a transatlantic flight with cost to the environment. From 31st October to 12th November, world leaders meet in Glasgow at the United Nations Climate Change conference (COP26). International cooperation in legislation, pledges and action is essential to slow, or reverse, current climate trends, that disproportionally affect developing countries.

Likewise, in hope and faith, we should witness as ‘Salt and Light’ in our own homes, lives, and communities by participating in the change process with careful stewardship. Two ways of acting, proposed by Christian Aid:

Send a letter to your MP based on their template Engage your MP COP26 – Christian Aid (or your own individual letter) and “Pledge to Pray.” Pledge to Pray for COP26 – Christian Aid

While a Labyrinth prayer walk is planned during COP26.

 

Resting in remembrance of the natural world reconnects our wonder and faith with God’s creation, restores our peace, and lightens the darkness of our concerns and fears for its future (Matt 6:28).

For me ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ captures this perfectly:

 

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry

Revd. Judy Miller