Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Stirling

From the Rector

Revd Christoph Wutscher

Dear all,

There is nothing like joking about the weather in Scotland! My favourite remark so far has been this: "There are only two seasons in Scotland: Winter and May!"

While there might be some unfortunate truth in that, yet I must confess that I have enjoyed the different seasons here in Stirling since we moved to Scotland last September. The leaves turning in autumn, the dark days in winter (yes, even those!!!) around Christmas which made the birth of new light so much more powerful, and then the gradual awakening of nature which led to a vigorous growth of vegetation. Our gardening efforts do not seem to have been in vain! July and August will now complement our experience of the seasons as we enjoy the long days of summer.

This cycle will certainly look different every year - diversity being an amazing feature of creation. I am reminded of the well-known story of Noah's flood and the promise to Noah as God says: "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease." (Genesis 8.22).

We mainly seem to think in days, hours and minutes - both in our working lives and on holiday. But wouldn't it be a different quality of life if we learned to embrace those cycles and understand that there is a time for rest and a time for activity? A time for dreaming up ideas and a time for putting them into action? A time for feeding others and a time for allowing ourselves to be fed?

I think we can learn something from the cycles of creation in our own lives; how to become good stewards of creation, thoughtfully guiding and guarding that which has been entrusted to us.

And so, whether this summer brings you rest or more activity, my prayer for you is that you will be exactly where you're supposed to be!

Yours in Christ

Christoph