In days of old when knights where bold…….. Or so the saying goes. Whether they were bold or not, at least the knights were protected with armour. They might not have been able to see around them very well as the helmet obscured their view, but at least they were formidably protected both in front and behind. It must have been a right palaver to put on, but much better that than be cut down on the battlefield.
Did you know that St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians about the armour of God (Ephesians 6:11)? If you read that passage you will note that there is no armour for the back! In other words the only way you are protected is to face your adversary or challenge and not turn away or deny its existence. If you pretend that nothing is wrong then you are open to attack, pain or failure. The stab in the back can have awesome consequences – as any politician of today will wholeheartedly point out.
Counselling is about facing challenge and working through it – whatever that issue is – and not running away or denying the consequences, or its power to hurt. But what is true for individuals is true for society as a whole. A year ago I asked if people were fed up with lockdown. But twelve months ago we were only just beginning the trial and people were still mainly respectful about social distancing, and following the rules. Now a year on and it is a different story. There is an ever growing lack of respect and tolerance. Patience has worn remarkably thin. Relationships are being strained again and again. Tempers are on a short fuse and the veneer of socially acceptable behaviour doesn’t last long when things don’t go right.
St. Paul wrote a lot of commonsense for everyday living as well as for the spiritual life. Those knights of old could teach us a thing or two about facing our challenges. We need to be vigilant and not let our guard down. We are almost there. Stay true.
Now on a sad note, Ken Adey, one of our past Trustees of the 1980’s to 2000’s, died during last month – not of Covid. He was aged 79. He helped both the Charity and me personally again and again. Thanks Ken. God bless.
Have a great Solstice this month.