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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

13 March 2019: Mrs Carole Noon, Salvation Army

Winter SAD Syndrome

I don’t know about you but I am convinced that the winter months with their dark mornings and evenings are getting longer. We are now approaching the date when the clocks alter to British Summer Time. We can all look forward to waking up to birdsong and spending more time in the outdoors.

During the winter months we have been cocooned in our warm houses with the curtains closed by early evening. For those of us who suffer from SAD syndrome it has been a miserable time but there is a light at the end of the tunnel, to quote a line from Starlight Express. Each day an extra three minutes of daylight is assured until we get to the longest day in June.

I am mindful of those in our town who do not have the luxury of four walls, central heating and a full larder. For those in our society who are homeless the winter must seem like an eternity.

Jesus lived in the real world where he encountered people from all walks of life. He healed a blind beggar, reminded the crowd that they had faults and shouldn’t condemn another who didn’t conform to their ideals and he chose to visit the home of a corrupt tax collector. He also fed the 5,000 people who had followed him to listen to his teaching. We can only imagine the effect that these encounters with Jesus had on the individuals concerned.

Jesus said “I am the light of the world”. He came to share Gods love and show us all that we are loved and valued. We need to look at others as Jesus would have looked at them and treat everyone with compassion and dignity.

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