Weekly Reflections

Reflections for Sunday 5th July

From Roy and Angela Thody

TOTOFF.   This was the motto of Roy’s Boys’ Brigade company back in the late 1940s and early 50s. It’s the acronym for Think of the Other Fellow First.  This could be an echo from Hebrews 10:24, Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.  So, what do TOTOFF and Hebrews mean in our newly restored Leicester lock down? Is it just stopping any beach holiday plans or shopping non-essentials?  The Hebrews verse was written to a beleaguered early Church; today we have our Christchurch Family and our wider outreach to our whole community of other faiths and none as ‘the other fellows’. During Roy’s illness and the lock down, we’ve been the fortunate and very grateful recipients of much community fellowship from Christchurchians, neighbours, friends, daughters.

So, what can we ‘vulnerable elderly’ do to ‘think of the other fellow’? Phone a lonely friend for starters, take some homemade cakes to locals still in full time work, stop and admire other people’s children and grandchildren so weary home-schooling/working parents can get a feel-good glow. PS Hebrews 10:25 tells us to not forsake assembling together so our thanks to Intern Bethan for zooming us together and to our weekly newsletter Editor, Susan.

 

Our Prayer. We’re missing singing so much, this prayer adapts the words of a hymn (625 in Singing the Faith)

Dear Lord, as in our darkness we seek for your healing, we seek your meaning to comfort our fear. Teach us the wisdom to know what is helpful to our community of other fellows and to do what we each can to help. God of our longing, journey with us to the brightness of day. Amen

 

Now singalong in your bubbles to the tune of the Londonderry Air:

(615 in Singing the Faith with minor adaptation)

Let love be real, in giving and receiving,

without the need to manage and to own;

a haven free from posing and pretending,

where every weakness may be safely known.

Give us your hand, along the COVID pathway,

give us your love wherever we may go.

As God loves us, so let us love each other;

With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

 

Let love be real, not grasping or confining,

That strange embrace that holds us yet sets free;

that helps us face the risk of truly living,

and makes us brave to be what we might be.

Give us your strength when all my words are weakness;

give us your love in spite of all you know.

As God loves us, so let us love each other;

With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.