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James Henderson
The Way We Were?
by James Henderson

The Way We Were?Hello.

Do we really have to go back to the way things were?

Back to the world of mounting personal and industrial pollution? The air we breathe now seems better to me, the early morning chorus of bird songs is more joyful, and, in some ways, everything appears calmer and less hectic than before. If the earth could speak, would it be saying thank you for the pause that has been lockdown? Has it been a momentary reprieve for nature, a brief chance to be restored?

Scientists and some religions agree that the world was once a more pristine place. Like the legendary Garden of Eden. Could we, as the Beatles sang, “get back to where we once belonged”? Chances are no, we can’t or rather won’t. We’re too arrogant, too stubborn, too greedy, perhaps, to change our ways, especially in the affluent West.

One of the biblical prophets, a man called Haggai, said that we should see a crisis as an opportunity to change, to turn back to God and to re-order our lives. As well as being concerned for those caught up in the pandemic, should we also be saying this is a time to re-think how we are?

Haggai wrote, “Take a good, hard look at your life. Think it over.” Haggai 1:7 MSG

Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Maybe we don’t have to go back to our polluted past.

Think it over.

Best regards,

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