This unalterable fact

19 February 2017

This unalterable fact,

a knowledge that cannot be unknown,

that one day we shall die.

 

And all that we do no longer

will no longer be done.

 

And all whom we love,

whom we cannot love beyond

will be cast out,

to wander on unknown,

through, as yet, an unknown world,

and wonder at its imperfections

and wither in time’s frightful passage.

Then alone they face and fight,

and fight the challenges they alone can fight.

 

Such a knowledge once known,

A dread-full, fact now known,

that cannot be shaken off

but haunts and holds

and close us off,

until our time,

our time,

has come and is

and is no more.

 

Such knowledge impacts all we may yet come to know,

all whom we may yet come to love,

an undercurrent to coming waves of time

Ever rolling and immersing the sands of life.

 

From suckling child to force-fed patient,

from first words to a sigh at the last

and in between lies all that –

while consciousness is real,

that inflicts its terrible paragraph

on chapters that charted growth,

interaction,

fulfilled ambitions

and thwarted dreams.

 

This unalterable fact that one day

the dawn will not come,

the sun will not rise,

for night, that unconscious void,

will cast its impenetrable veil

across the light

that once gave us wonder

and as we wandered

in hope and love

a hoped for life

in all eternity. 

 

 

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A Statement from the Revd Bruce Thompson, Chair of the Lincolnshire Methodist District

2 February 2017

 

It is becoming increasingly clear that many of the values that have underpinned Western democracies are facing their greatest challenge in decades.

Based on the Judaeo-Christian principles of hospitality to the stranger, providing refuge to the oppressed and respecting one another our nations have been havens in times of war, places where the vulnerable have been protected and where communities of diversity seen as an enrichment not a threat.

All these principles had become embedded in society through selfless sacrifice over many years. They are now in danger of being lost through fear as a consequence of lies and bigotry.

The recent electoral and referenda campaigns unleashed deeply-seated prejudices. They have permitted a depth of hatred to be expressed that before only emanated from the more extreme sections of society.

Deeply held convictions are held on both sides of the argument and we are in danger of fostering divisions and wounds that will take many years to heal. Therefore there has been no greater need than today to revisit those truths that have held communities and nations together in times of crisis.

As Christians we need to honour the teaching that reminds us that a fulfilled life comes through serving God above all others, through meeting our neighbour’s needs, through loving one another and through taking a stand against any injustice. The Church has always been at its most effective when it has been true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and when it has been a counter to populist agendas that bring chaos and suffering to so many; in short when it has been a Church of righteousness and resistance.