Thought for the Week
After reading the news this week, local and national, one theme that seems to jump out is that of division.
Division in our local communities with many residents unhappy about decisions the council has made with what may appear to be little consultation or consideration of the local people.
Division in Scotland with Holyrood seeking a second independence referendum, and the knock on effect of division between Scottish and UK parliaments.
Reaction across our country has been very mixed with Brexit being centre stage and the country divided. The opposing views of people are evident to see.
Many of us remain confused about what Brexit may mean and what the government actually wants.
Debates are passionate with both sides not listening to each other’s point of view,
The Archbishop of Canterbury said in his New Year speech “but I know that if we look at our roots, our history and our culture in the Christian tradition, if we reach back into what is best in this country, we will find a path towards reconciling the differences that have divided us”.
There is a good message, to use all that we have experienced and all that we know to make the road ahead one of reconciliation instead of division.
He goes on to say that being hospitable to strangers and living well together are the foundations of British values and traditions and can make the UK “a beacon of hope”in a troubled world.
Can we be people who hold to these traditions, who welcomes the stranger,regardless of whether we agree or disagree with them?
May we indeed find hope in these days of division.