The other day when I was out I saw in the distance a small splash of colour in the grass. At first glance I thought it was a clump of crocuses and thought to myself that it was still a bit early in the year. As I neared, I could see that it was just paper that someone had thrown down – quite a lot of paper in fact.
Walking along I saw lots more litter, of various shapes and sizes, that couldn’t possibly be mistaken for flowers. It struck me how sad it is that people care so little about where they live that it’s turned into an eye-sore. But the sadder thing is that by doing that they think so little about themselves. Somehow, they don’t think they are worth it.
Soon, there will be crocuses and snowdrops in the grass that had paper and cans on it. Nature will send us things that will cheer us up and brighten even the drabbest of places. That makes me think that, however we might treat ourselves, God knows our worth and sends us those things that can brighten our lives. The thing is, knowing where to look for them.
By Canon John S Aveyard for Our Lady and St Paulinus,Representing Churches Together in Dewsbury. To contact CTiD please ring 01924 454750 or 457057.