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Ruth’s August Diary Article July 26, 2017

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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August – in Northern Europe the holiday month. A time for rest, relaxation, for adventure and travel. It is a month for change, as teachers and children move from one academic year and begin to look forward to the next. Even for those no longer at school, or not on holiday, August has a different and quieter feel, as many activities take a break. 

August may mean GCSE and A level results – and the changes ahead which they represent. Change is a constant reality of the human condition, we grow older, we change jobs, we move from childhood to adulthood. Some change is good and we welcome the changes that bring new opportunities and new skills. Some change is difficult, bringing anxiety for ourselves or for others. 

On 6th August the world remembers the most devastating change which came for the city of Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. Accounts can be read of the awful injuries and destruction which marked it. Today the same city has been transformed – like any other, it has high-rise buildings, Starbucks, McDonalds and all the hallmarks of the twenty-first century. But the peace park there is a constant reminder of the events of 6th August 1945 and a pledge that the evils of nuclear war should not be repeated. 

In the Christian church, 6th August has another meaning. It is the feast of the Transfiguration, when Jesus took his closest disciples Peter, James and John to a high mountain where they begin to pray. Suddenly Jesus was transfigured, his face changed in appearance and he shone with dazzling light. 

But whereas the bright light of the A bomb foreshadowed devastation and destruction, the light around Jesus foreshadowed the glory of heaven. Though suffering and death lay ahead of Jesus, the glory was a promise that at the last there would be peace. 

As we consider the changes which life brings, may the promise of the light and peace of Jesus strengthen you in times of difficulty and encourage you when you celebrate.

Ruth Pyke