Rector's Ramblings: September 13th 2020



  It sort of summed up my week. I was pushed for time and suddenly, Bran needed to be got to the vets in Coalville – I had to fit the visit in. I allowed right amount of time for the journey only to be faced with.....the latest inevitable set of road works. The road ahead was closed for road works. It made the rest of the journey challenging and I was late for the appointment. From which you will gather, it has been one of those weeks and my creative skills today for these Ramblings have also hit a ‘road closed’ sign.

   It’s been busy but the hazard of these times is that everything is harder work with ensuring we are Covid compliant. It makes for weariness. The news that our government is thinking of breaking an international treaty disturbed me, along with the news that more serious measures are coming in to force to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus. I had been so delighted to see those who’ve been kept in for a long time coming out and enjoying meeting people. Now I wonder how long that will be allowed to continue.

  The road to my creative juices has that ‘road closed’ sign so I’m going to share with you a lovely piece written by St Anselm who was an Italian Benedictine monk, abbot, philosopher and theologian of the Catholic Church. He was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. I love this and hope you do too.

 Gather your little ones to you, O God,

as a hen gathers her brood to protect them.

1    Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;  

you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

2    Often you weep over our sins and our pride,  

tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

3    You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds,  

in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.

4    Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life;  

by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

5    Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;  

through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

6    Your warmth gives life to the dead,  

your touch makes sinners righteous.

7    Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;  

in your love and tenderness remake us.

8    In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness,  

for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

Gather your little ones to you, O God,

as a hen gathers her brood to protect them.