New month, fresh start
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1.7
Latha Buidhe Bealltainn! Our Celtic ancestors celebrated the 1st of May as the beginning of summer, with the beautiful yellow blossom of daffodils, buttercups, gorse and primroses heralding the verdant days of summer. Today we look forward to the easing of lockdown restrictions and, with them, the return of cherished habits and practices like socialising in pubs and restaurants, visiting loved ones at home or in hospital, going to school or to work, singing together in church...
It is important that we resume all these activities, for the mental and emotional well-being of young children and elderly relatives and for the general sustaining of life and education and worship for all of us. But the horrific news from India cautions us against complacency. "Take nothing for granted" might be a useful slogan to live by, for the time-being. That is not an excuse for inactivity but it is a warning to proceed cautiously and considerately.
Paul reminded his young acolyte, Timothy, that God equips his people to be bold and wise at the same time. Jesus' life models the balance between strength and humility. The way to proceed wisely yet with a sure tread is to be ever aware of the presence of God to guide us while allowing concern for our neighbour to motivate us. Air adhart còmhla - Forward together!