The Chaplain's Column - August 2021

The Chaplain's Column - August 2021

The Chaplain’s Column – August 2021

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Although we have had COVID 19 restrictions recently, weekly chapel services have continued for the Junior School on Wednesdays and Thursdays depending on the year group. The themes of these services have been designed to support and supplement the ongoing socialising programmes the girls experience in their classroom. The themes change each term and this term the themes have been leadership, kindness, and gratitude.

Under the topic of leadership, we have seen how Jesus acted as a leader. We looked at his actions in the Last Supper when he washed his disciples’ feet as an acted parable of true leadership which is one of service. We also looked at his treatment of those who were ill as examples of kindness. Not just the healing themselves but rather how in performing them, Jesus threw aside the then conventional wisdom that illness and disability were a form of divine punishment for sins. He saw the person involved rather than worrying about the disease’s cause which is the essence of kindness.

We thought of gratitude in terms of those people who Jesus had cured and their response to him. We enlarged that thought to think about all the things in our life that give us cause for gratitude, for example, the beauty of each day and the love of family and friends. This week we will think about what underlies but also is a consequence of these three attitudes and behaviours. All three have a bearing on, and product of, resilience.

Someone who is a true leader as Jesus, in his earthly ministry was, showed resilience even in the worst of times at Calvary. His kindness has been discussed above while his gratitude can be seen in his utter reliance upon God the Father. Thus, the key to true leadership, kindness, and gratitude is our relationship with God which is also the true foundation of resilience. Leadership may be learnt; kindness might be an inherent trait of character and gratitude a state of mind, but they all rely on an underlay self-belief or resilience. Such resilience is knowing that one is a child of God and beloved of God as Jesus said, “I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?”             (Luke 12:22-26)

Fr Patrick Duckworth
School Chaplain



Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Hope, Grace