Sunday, January 15, 2012
BREAKTHROUGH SWAN IN BRIGG
By Coun the Rev Alec Depledge
Frozen rivers obviously pose major problems for swans. Today I witnessed this couple trying to make their way upstream on the icy River Ancholme, near Brigg, my home town. Initially I thought they were side-by-side, but as I moved closer it became apparent that one was ahead, and was working extremely hard to break the ice, while the other was gliding, almost effortlessly in its 'slipstream'. It was a moving scene, and provided food for reflection:
In many walks of life - politics, religion, medicine, technology, the arts or sport - there are those we could term 'breakthrough' people, who like this swan, pioneer the way for others to follow in their wake.They're rugged individuals, who brave the prevailing conditions, to push through into bigger and better things. Let us remember, with gratitude, those who made a way for us, and who paid a price so that we could be the persons we are today, and enjoy the life we have today
It also brought to mind specifically, how the Son of God, Jesus - the Pioneer of the Christian faith - laid down his life, tasted death for mankind, in order to bring many people to salvation, made a way, where there was no way, back into the Father's Presence.
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