A Moment to Reflect

4 July 2020

A Moment to Reflect -59


I am going to continue to flit between the mountains and the sea for another couple of days before I take a short break. But at the moment I’m excited about something entirely different—I am hoping that later today we will at last be able to have a hug with at least some of our grandchildren.

I think this has been the hardest part of lockdown both for them and for us. We will still have to meet outside, and it will probably be raining again …but I don’t care. Fifteen weeks is a fair length of time out of anyone’s life but a huge chunk out of the life of a child—a quarter of our grandson’s in fact. So, it will be amazing for us to be able take that little step closer towards normality.

Connectedness is in fact the subject of today’s reflection beginning with this photograph which was taken on Cocoa Beach, Florida, in October 2016—the last time I was with my dear friend and mentor, the late Rev Ernest Flaniken, who died last year in his mid-nineties.

The first time I stood on that beach was almost 41 years prior to that— in the summer of 1975. We had gone out to the beach to watch the sun come up. And although it was only 6 am, as I put my foot in the water, I was surprised by just how warm the ocean was in that part of the world. And immediately I was struck by the thought…“Is this the same ocean that freezes your toes off on Ayr Beach?”

I guess a similar thought occurred at some point to the writer Megan Miranda. To be honest I’ve never read any of her books, but I did come across this quote from one of her novels:

“My mother always wanted to live near the water,” she said. “She said it’s the one thing that brings us all together. That I can have my toe in the ocean off the coast of Maine, and a girl my age can have her toe in the ocean off the coast of Africa, and we would be touching. On opposite sides of the world.” ― Megan Miranda, Vengeance

There is far too much division in the world right now. Some of it is being deliberately created, stirred or manipulated. But the truth is we are all more connected than we sometimes realise within the one ‘sea of humanity.’ In fact, all our lives are interdependent, not just with one another in the human race, but with every living thing on our planet.

The sooner we rediscover that truth the better it will be for everyone.