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March 2021

A few thoughts from Linda Joy – Children & Families Worker – Holyford Mission Community

As I sit and write this short piece in early February news has been announced of the death of Captain Sir Thomas Moore (fondly now known as Captain Tom by many).  In April 2020, at the age of 99, Captain Tom started to walk the length of his garden, with the aim of walking it 100 times before his 100th birthday.  He hoped to raise £1,000 for the NHS Charities Together, but by the end of his birthday has raised over £32 million. 

Captain Tom inspired the hearts of the nation with his actions and his quotes “Tomorrow is a good day” and “I’ve always believed things will get better.  The sun will shine again, the birds will sing and we’ll all have a lovely day tomorrow” (The Guardian, December 2020).

As I write we are still in our third national lockdown with the Government rules of ‘Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives’.  The reality of this is that many young families are desperately trying to work from home, while juggling childcare and home schooling.  Many older people are feeling isolated and unable to see their families and grandchildren, and many more people are reporting poor mental health and low well-being. 

Never more have we collectively wished for a “good day tomorrow”.

However, spring, and the joy of Easter, are just around the corner and we can look forward expectantly for the sun to shine again for us all. “The Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.” (Numbers 6.24-26)

Let’s put one foot in front of the other, like Captain Tom did, and together it may be amazing what we can achieve as we wait expectantly for that ‘good day tomorrow’.

Every blessings,

Linda

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