Summertime

Here we are in June already, it's summer and as I write this letter

it is sunny and has been on, and off, for quite a few weeks.  Even the recent Bank Holiday weekend was glorious.  Hopefully this weather has helped the crops to flourish this year.  I was amazed that only 6 weeks ago the farmer planted a crop of wheat just near our house and it has just taken off, growing day-by-day to nearly thigh length.  I know that's what it is supposed to do, especially with all the hard work the farmers put in, but it is still a wonder to behold especially as the spring was so wet and dismal.

Throughout all of the changing seasons, there are lots of things to admire in nature.  My gardener-husband pointed out the Swifts on the wing, a Red Kite, the many birds making nests and we listened to a cuckoo.  If you managed to see one, please let us know, especially if you have a photo or two!  Also we had lovely blossoms on the many kinds of trees around us, including the cherry, the gorgeous Elderflower, and the lime trees, to name but a few.

The weather even held out for yet another Royal wedding which changed the atmosphere of Windsor beyond belief with crowds coming out to celebrate.  It was good to see so many people with a common bond being brought together in Harmony.

In all these things we are reminded of the ever present creator God who made all things and sustains all things.  However, amazingly He told us too that we humans should "rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."  Humankind is given a special role of authority and power over all creation.  It is important to note that the "dominion" that God gives man is not self-serving but one of an authoritative-yet-responsible mentality.  He has given us great honour in this position.  God has entrusted us as stewards with His creation.  So as we work, care for and rule over it, let us resist the urge to merely think about creation as something to serve our individual needs, and treat it with the greatest respect for the marvels we see around us.

I hope you thoroughly enjoy the rest of this wonderful summertime.  Carol Neilson LLM

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