St Peter's School
A message from our Chaplain: Loose ends
Over the past few weeks, I have been learning to climb. The sight of a rock face towering above you is pretty daunting but the first thing that I was taught was how to tie the knots that would keep me safe if and when I fell. The first one was an intricate figure of eight, simple enough to learn but as the strands of rope weave together, more than strong enough to support my weight. The second knot was a much smaller one which ties off the loose end and stops you getting tangled up in your own safety rope when you are half way up a wall.
Today, as the school prematurely closes to our pupils, the two knots can be a nice little reminder of something important. For some, it will feel like there are loose ends that can now never be tied. But that is always the way with endings and as we talk to one another, either face to face or at the other end of some form of technology, we will need to find a way to hold all that we cherish about this place and one another and to be thankful.
Even at a distance though, we are still here for one another. The bigger knot is the strands of community life which weave together to support us as we learn and which catch us when we fall.
When he wrote to the church in Ephesus, St Paul asked that everyone try to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The ancient Jewish word for peace was “shalom,” a state of flourishing both in yourself and for those that you live alongside. Intentionally working towards that becomes especially important at a time when we can’t be gathered together as a community. In the coming weeks, stay in touch with one another. Maybe also take this as a good time to see afresh who it is that supports you and to be thankful for their presence in your life.
Reverend Daniel Jones