Minister’s comment – September 2020

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Minister’s comment – September 2020

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate

Spring is here. Well the 1st of September heralds Spring, though the lambs are already bouncing around our paddocks and the cows are looking in various stages of close, to not sure. Not sure if the bull did what bulls are supposed to do.

It should be Easter as Easter is a Spring festival which they do celebrate in the Northern Hemisphere with beginnings, joys and celebrations of New Life. It is a beautiful time of year with daffodils and other such wonderful colours and green shoots starting to liven up those pale winter shades of grey. With our latest onset of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown, Spring doesn’t feel so joyous for many. People do struggle with the winter blues, and the euphoria of a novel and extended summer break has well and truly gone. The thoughts and feelings of restrictions have hit many people emotionally quite hard this time around. 

However;

You’ve got to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the positive

Eliminate the negative

And latch on to the affirmative

Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum

Bring gloom down to the minimum

Have faith or pandemonium’s

Liable to walk upon the scene

To Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the positive latch on to the affirmative takes a particular type of energy and a specific kind of sensitivity to acknowledge that others will not feel the same way. Never-the-less we are ‘called’ to get alongside others with grace and mercy and be with others through these difficult times helping to bring gloom down to a minimum and spread joy to the maximum. Remember you may be the only person another ever gets the opportunity from to know that life is worth living and feel kindness.

Peace to you and yours

Colin.

And the Moderator of the General Assembly the Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio writes in his Covid -19 message.

“There is hope.

…I remind you: “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25). This is as true now as it was when it was written. Have a kind heart in your

interactions with others. Reach out to those in need in whatever way you are able. If you are in Auckland, make lockdown the best it can be by enjoying time with those in your bubble.”

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