As I write we have been enduring a lot of grey, wet days, with some stunningly beautiful times in between.  The leaves on the maple opposite bring a smile to my lips every time the sun shines.


And  England beat Australia in the Rugby in Japan yesterday, so that’s alright!  (By the time you read this, the whole World Cup tournament will just have finished, and we will either be elated and awaiting out team’s triumphant homecoming, or we’ll be deflated and moving on to the next thing.)


The other thing that might be over the line is, of course, Brexit, but, as I write, there are still 11 days to go until B Day, and the way things are, it still may or may not happen then.


One thing we do know is that, even if the deal has gone through and we have left the EU, there will still be a lot of talking to be done – years of talking.  Hey Ho!


One thing for sure is that that topic has pushed so many other news items out of the headlines, and has taken up so much air-time and telly-time. 


Many weeks ago, for example, we heard about the heart-breaking forest fires in the Amazon – fires that would have consequences across the world, fires that would cause massive devastation to wildlife and indigenous populations.  I heard last week that there are still thousands of fires burning.  What is being done about them?  What will happen to those areas?  To those people? 


What about the absolutely tragic war in Yemen?  People starving and living in war zones, terrified, injured, ill.  What have we heard about that recently?


What about Zimbabwe?  It was in the news recently when Robert Mugabe died, but not since, and there were reports that the situation there was even worse than when Mugabe was in power!


When we talk about God’s love for all, as I did in my service this morning, we can’t help but be heartbroken for our brothers and sisters across the world who are in need. 


We cannot hope to solve all the problems, or even a fraction of them.  We can’t even hope, really, to think of them all in a meaningful way – there are too many! 


What we can do, and should do, is hold our sisters and brothers in different parts of the world, in our prayers, and maybe give something when the opportunities arise in appeals or campaigns. 


A good way of doing this is by using the Methodist Prayer Handbook and using the prayers and information in that daily.


If you haven’t already got one, and would like one, they are a wonderful resource and cost only £3.50 for a year, and I can get you one – just let me know.


Next time I write we will be approaching Advent, and I am hoping that we can, once again, buy between us some life changing gifts for some of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world!   Look out for the Extraordinary Gift leaflets around the place!


Until then, enjoy the rest of Autumn,


 


Yours, Lindsay