From The Rectory
This month I would like to share a story with you from the Pilsdon Community News Letter.
‘A few weeks ago our emotions were pulled in multiple directions when we discovered that one of our beloved chickens had been taken by a fox.
Our initial thoughts were that it must have been a fox from the neighbouring parkland, but on closer inspection we discovered that we had our very own fox den, complete with three young cubs, a mere fifty yards from our chicken coop!
Our activity near the den caused the vixen and two of her cubs to take flight that night, but the smallest member of the family – obviously the runt of the litter, was left behind.
As distressing as the loss of the chicken had been, our feelings were transformed in an instant by the sight of this frightened, helpless, newly-abandoned little cub. There was much discussion over the table at lunch about what we should do – could we keep him? Could we tame him? Could he become the new mascot for Pilsdon? Or should we just leave him be and let nature take its course?
The sight of this little cub was such, that it was impossible not to want to do everything in our power to help him, so a call was made to the RSPCA, and within a few hours he was on his way to a wildlife rescue centre in Hastings.’ (Pilsdon News Letter June 2016)
As I read this article in the News Letter, it made me wonder how many times, I jump to conclusions or speak, before being in full possession of the facts.
The emotions of the Pilsdon community went from anger and upset at the loss of a chicken, to care and concern for the orphaned cub. When we are hurt or seemingly let down by others, do we wallow in those emotions and maybe even seek some form of revenge or retribution, or do we look to forgive and move on, and try to see the bigger picture.
I think we would all do well to remember that there are always two sides to every story.
The bible has much to say on the use of the tongue, and our treatment of others and those teachings are summed up well in the letter of James:
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
(James 1 v19-20)
It’s not easy to let go of situations and to offer forgiveness and yet Jesus has shown us the way. As He hung on the cross, tormented and rejected by those he came to save, he did not call down fire from heaven to get revenge instead he pleaded with his heavenly father, saying ‘Father forgive them.’
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