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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

5 August 2011: Linda Clist, St Mary Magdalen

Singing in the rain?

It’s always risky planning a BBQ in England, I suppose! We had decided months in advance that this particular Sunday would be the perfect day for an al fresco lunch… So you can guess the rest : heavy rain forecast and heavy rain duly delivered.

As we all know, ‘the best-laid plans of mice and men’ often do go awry. But that doesn’t stop us all trying our best to ensure that nothing can possibly go wrong. Good planning is a great thing : it saves us from lots of extra work and last-minute panics. At the same time, we just have to accept that we don’t ever really know what’s round the corner. Sometimes, we’ll just have to abandon our programme and adapt.

I think having a faith helps us cope much better with this side of life. If we accept God is God, we’re much less hung up on the idea that we can control everything (or worse – that we need to control everything in order to cope with life). And that means we don’t have to get so upset if our plans do end up spoiled and we have to change them. Added to that, we can ask for help from the One who always knows what’s coming – including the torrential downpours of an English summer!

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