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OPINION: Chaplain to the Queen, Cllr Rev Ann Easter is trying to stay ahead of time

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 June 2017

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I cannot quite believe that it’s June already – everyone’s saying the same - where has this year gone?

I made arrangements to see someone on June 25 and she reminded me that, God willing, we’ll be halfway to Christmas by then!

The whole issue of time is a complicated one and, I’m told, a human construct – but a useful one, surely? Better to have appointments at the hospital, the hairdressers and the High Court than for us all to turn up at once – no? Whether or not we’re seen at the prescribed time is neither here nor there; I’ve had a medical appointment at 16.07 and the dog trimmer says ‘Come about 10’ but still, if we have an appointment, we’re in with a chance.

Henry van Dyke wrote the lovely verse that was read by her sister at Princess Diana’s funeral:

Time is too slow for those

who wait,

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice

But, for those who love, time is eternity.

And as the weather improves and the days are longer, I’m hoping we’ll all have a little time to pause and reflect; life in this country recently has been interestingly unpredictable in all sorts of ways and an opportunity to think about what we might do to make our communal time brighter, more compassionate and more hopeful will be useful.

And as you reflect, remember that you are sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago. More from Ann


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