Thought for the Week

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Are you a fan of BGT – Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent?

I can en­joy a good va­ri­ety show as much as any­one but some­times a for­mat can run so long that it gets to be a bit pre­dictable and so loses its ap­peal.

That’s kind of how I felt this year with BGT. How­ever, I was de­lighted to find some real jew­els in amongst the acts and one of them was the 167 strong Côr Glanaethwy choir.

At the first au­di­tion the choir sang Karl Jenk­ins’ ‘Bene­dic­tus’. They sang ‘The Prayer’ in the semi-fi­nal and a choral ar­range­ment of Leonard Co­hen’s ‘Hallelujah’ in the fi­nal and, in my opin­ion, they were su­perb. But they didn’t win!

They were beaten into third place by Jules O’Dwyer and her dog Matisse and ma­gi­cian Jamie Raven.

How­ever, they were gra­cious in de­feat.

Canon Robert Townsend, a Welsh vicar who was in the choir, said: “I went to church at 8am yes­ter­day. It was a case, as with many things in my life, of say­ing to God: ‘ Your will be done.’ I just prayed, not that the choir would win, but that we would do our best.”

Well, they cer­tainly ex­celled them­selves, but still they didn’t win.

Was that be­cause God “wasn’t on their side”? Of course not! Some­times it’s God’s will for us to “play sec­ond fid­dle,” to come sec­ond or even third. And that’s not be­cause some­one else is His favourite, or be­cause He loves some­one else more than you.

So don’t imag­ine that if you’re not win­ning in life it’s be­cause God isn’t happy with you. Learn­ing to per­se­vere can be a life-changer. Rev Brian J Gra­ham www. cam­bus­lang­bap­tistchurch.org.uk.

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