We have all gone through an awful lot over the last two years with climate change, wars and this virus and it is hard for us to see the light of hope in our lives and in the world, but the light of hope is there.
I want to tell you a little story about this morning. Just before I made my cup of tea an angel came into the kitchen and said don't forget to feed the baby lambs this morning and their moms, I looked at the angel who was standing there...
Angels sometimes ask us to deliver messages for them. Suddenly you feel you should ring someone or walking through the park you suddenly feel you should smile at a stranger, or engage them in conversation. It may seem a small or a rather silly thing to us but it may be that for this person it is a sign of hope, a message from their Angel and trivial as it seems to you, it may be very important to them.
A little story I will share with you, the other day when I was out and about I saw a little girl carrying her small dog into the groomers. As she walked along the footpath, I watched her guardian angel moving with her.
Each and every one of us has a unique role to play in this world -- no one else can play this part. No one is supposed to end their own life, when they do, it's as if a link in a chain is broken and it slows down the progress of humanity. We all need each other. When someone commits suicide it's as if everyone around the world shrinks a little.
Last week I was in London with my son Owen for lunch with a friend. We were early so we went for a walk in Hyde Park. It was a crisp, cold morning with the sun peeping through every now and then. There were lots of people in the park, all of course with guardian angels.
Yesterday I spent two and half hours on the phone with a journalist in Colombia. Talking with her really brought home to me how similar the issues we are all facing. So many countries are in turmoil at the moment. And the angels are telling me that we need to pray for all in our countries – not just our families and friends, not just for the people we support – but for everyone.
If you feel cynical or disbelieving about the whole idea of angels, why not give yourself a little Christmas present and suspend your disbelief for the season. The angels ask that everyone try and open up to the possibility that there is more to this life than the material – even just for 24 hours this Christmas. What have you got to lose?
I hope this newsletter will touch your heart. It’s a sad one for me, to write about suicide. It can affect any of our lives at any time, and it is devastating and a huge shock when it happens, whether it’s a family member, friend or even a stranger.
Many of you will be thinking about what you are grateful for and that is something I have been thinking about too. So many times we don't feel that gratitude in our lives. When things are good in our lives, many times we just move forward and we forget about gratitude.