“What’s your bank details?” That was the question from a young pupil at an ‘Ask the School Chaplain’ session. I laughed saying that I may not have a bank by the end of the day.
By nightfall, that joke had gone flat as it was the start of the financial crisis of 2008. In fact, by then, there was a real possibility of the cash machines running dry and banks foreclosing. We just didn’t see it coming!
We just didn’t see it coming!
Crises in our lives can appear with equal shock. It could be financial, relational or medical. And, in each case, we say, ‘I didn’t see that coming!’ This may be true. But, like global economic disasters, often the writing is on the wall. The clues are there. The future is not entirely opaque.
This may be true. But, like global economic disasters, often the writing is on the wall. The clues are there. The future is not entirely opaque.
Today is the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. So, may people of all faiths join our Jewish brothers and sisters in reflecting on what we are not seeing in our lives. Then, at its end, say to each other G’mar Hatima Tova – ‘may you be sealed in the Book of Life’.
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
(After Reinhold Niebuhr, circa 1937)