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Published November 2018

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BEAST FROM THE EAST OR LONG HOT SUMMER

As I write this, we have just returned from a very pleasant early autumn break in Spain.       

The sun shone, the breeze was warm, and it was a relaxing start to autumn.


But now we’re back to reality. I read an article yesterday which warned that Christmas Dinner would cost more this year, because of the “Beast from the East,” which apparently caused damage to the essentials – potatoes and sprouts in particular.

We flew out of Malaga airport with no difficulty, but I have just seen the video of massive floods there later that day, uprooting trees and flooding the streets. Meanwhile bridges were damaged in Ronda and the sea wall breached in Estepona. Now in England, snow is forecast for the end of this week.


The long hot summer is just a memory.


I can’t help remembering a conversation with a shopkeeper in the USA who, in the middle of a heat wave that had destroyed the crops, dried upon the creek and killed cattle, said it was all in God’s hands so there was nothing we needed to do.


As I sat, looking out over the Mediterranean in Spain, and thinking that we know less about the ocean floors than we do about the surface of the moon, I was taken back to the book of Genesis and the story of the creation of the world.


I was reminded that God, at the end of His labours, looked at it all and saw that it was good. Then he let us look after it. The result – we were banned from the garden.

    Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
    
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field. Genesis 3:17


The change of the seasons is a time of real wonder to me – summer to autumn, autumn to winter, winter to spring. But I’m also reminded that we have a hand in what happens.

 

When Paddington Bear was found at the station, he had a sign round his neck – “Please look after this bear. Thank you.”

Perhaps it would be good to remind ourselves at this time that our world has a similar sign – “Please look after this planet. Thank You.” Signed God.

Tony Bonser.