From the Rector

One day in mid-June, Wendy, my wife, was out for her regular morning walk in and around St Tudy.

She was just passing the entrance to the field that a few weeks ago was the most glorious sea of yellow daffodils when she spotted a discarded large blue carrier bag, the bag-for-life kind.

She was sad and disappointed to see it and moved into the field to gather it up. But her sadness turned to outrage when she found that it wasn’t empty, as she supposed, but full of used wine bottles. They had been dumped in the field, possibly by someone from a local holiday let where there were no recycling facilities.

She nobly brought the bag home, and we put all the bottles out in our black recycling bin. The neighbours must have thought that there had been a wild party at the Rectory (sadly untrue), but in any case, most of the bottles were Pino Grigio and we prefer red.

Not surprisingly, my initial reaction was one of anger. How dare someone litter our beautiful countryside with their detritus? But then my mood changed to regret that anyone could think so little of the natural world that they could disfigure it in this way.

The Psalm that was set for our Sunday services recently was Psalm 8, a wonderful hymn of praise to God for the sacred world that is his Creation.

The poet begins: ‘O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.’

His heart is filled with joy and wonder at the beauty he sees around him, and he praised God for it. His imagination then dwells on the reality that seen in the context of the vast earths and heavens, human kind is very small and perhaps insignificant: ‘When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?’

In the very first chapter of the whole Bible, Genesis 1, God surveys each part of his Creation as it is completed, and there is a refrain that runs through the whole chapter: ‘And God saw that is was good.’

In one instance: ‘God saw that it was very good.’ The created order is good and beautiful. Indeed, it is more than that; it is sacred, holy, because it is God’s work.

Slowly, and not before time, we are beginning to realise that we are called to be stewards of these precious gifts, not mindless exploiters of it. The earth was bequeathed to humankind to be cherished and preserved not used up and destroyed.

Our responsibility here embraces many of today’s burning issues: climate change, agricultural responsibility, greener fuel and energy options, ethical trading, recycling and, yes, litter.

All these concerns relate to our solemn trust to acknowledge that the Creation is good and holy. That trust should guide our own behaviour and urge us to help others towards the same vision and to act accordingly.

David Seymour





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