Faith at Work LXIV
November brings us to All Saints and All Souls time, leading on to Remembrance Day, and the memories of all our loved ones who have died whatever their situation. We would have them with us still, but there is promise of new life beyond the grave, and we live in hope. We read in John’s Revelation of the One who sits on the throne and says: “See, I am making all things new” and we long for the time when all things have been resolved.
In the meantime, one of the challenges that we are faced with is how to improve our lives and make things better for others and for the planet. Scientists are constantly engaged in understanding how things work and engineers with developing products to exploit what we know about our world. It is good that this is encouraged and this month, the annual Lord Stafford Awards will take place to recognise collaboration between business and university. They have been going since 1997 and may be thought of as a “metaphor for mutual benefit, for partnership, support, growth and a brighter future” providing “the key to unlocking the potential that the future has to offer.” [see www.thelordstaffordawards.co.uk]
One of the people I visit as chaplain to the Science Park in Wolverhampton has been nominated as a finalist this year, one of 12 for the West Midlands. The final stage of the process is for these nominees to gather together for a prestigious black tie dinner on the 12th November at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. I gather that it feels rather like the occasions when Oscars are announced for the film industry. An envelope with the winner will be opened and there’ll be speeches and accolades and thanks all round for the ingenuity and support of all those who have made it possible.
It does occur to me that there may be one who is not always acknowledged, the One who makes all things new. How do you identify the source of the idea that has now made it into the public eye? How do you make the connections between the needs and their solution? We often hear at funerals of the achievements and inspiration that have come from a particular person’s life, and rightly so. We also hear of our hope that they rest in peace with their loved ones in the eternal presence of the One who made us. We can pray for the Spirit’s illumination in this world as well, so in the words of Yvonne Morland:
anew in our hearts,
bring light, healing and wholeness
to us and all our loved ones
in this world and in heaven
This site was developed to contain work by Mike Fox relating to the WMMTC course
and subsequent experience during ministry in the parish of Codsall and the BCUIM.
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