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Thought For the Week by Revd Sandra - 2 July 2018

What a Summer! Whether you love the heat or hate it you can’t deny that Summer has shown us its best colours! I love Summer. Not only because of the warmth the sun gives us but I love the light after the short dark days of  Winter. We are now past the longest day and that always make me just a tiny bit sad. School hasn’t even broken up yet and we are slapping on the suntan lotion by the gallon but I hate the thought that  already the days are imperceptibly preparing to shorten. I love the flourishing and utter flamboyance of Summer, with its abundance of greenery and flowering. It’s just a big show off !

For the past two months or so we have had a visitor staying with a neighbour.  I can see him in the sunny garden from my study window. He is very handsome and I can’t take my eyes off him. He is dressed in the finest of clothes. He struts around and shows off shamelessly. He is very distracting and I have fallen for him in a big way! He is looking for love and shouts loudly about it - I even hear him calling in the night. His name is Kevin.

Kevin is a beautiful peacock who should be at home a mile or so away. But he has taken to roaming the village of Great Leighs optimistically looking for a girlfriend. While feeling sorry that his amorous ambitions will not be realised, it’s been glorious seeing him walking slowly and imperiously across the road and stopping the traffic, yelling at any cars who dare to drive too fast or noisily for his liking. I have even on occasion been treated to seeing him fan out his fabulous tail feathers in an impressive display. He spends much time admiring his own reflection in the neighbour’s floor height glass window.

But even now, in all his glory, the first shed tail feather has been found today. Later he will lose all his tail feathers and look much more ordinary. He will trundle home to his owner minus his hopes for a mate. And even now the first crops have been cut and the green fields are slowly being shorn. We still have many more Summer days and evenings to enjoy, but the discovery of  Kevin’s lone tail feather tells us that everything has a season and we need to make the most of it.

We sometimes live as if there is always another day. Another day to book that holiday. Another day to sort that problem that is souring our joy.  Another day to tell that person how thankful we are. Another day to say ‘I love you.’ Another day to say sorry. Another day to forgive someone we no longer speak to. Another day to start including prayer in our daily life. Another day to.... What can we do or say today that we shouldn’t put off until another day?

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven;  a time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;