Vicar's Letter October 2015
So there I was just coming off the M60 at A34 Gatley when WHOOSH!!! Clouds of steam came from under the bonnet of my car… bless her… she had done 199,400 miles and had finally given up…
Suddenly two heads appeared at my passenger window ‘Are you in trouble?’ They were cyclists and through their help and effort I got as far as The Merlin where they, with extra help from their following cycling friends, pushed the car out of harm’s way.
When I got back to the Vicarage I rang The Merlin staff who were very kind in assuring me that my car could stay there until I sorted things out the next day. I had no sooner put my phone down than another call came – from one of the cyclists who had helped me - to see if I was okay and to say that they had managed to get her into the car park – no mean effort trying to push an automatic!
Despite the prospect of having to sort out my car and the inconvenience of it all I couldn’t help but reflect on the comparison of the story Jesus told of the kindness of a complete stranger – not only a stranger but a potential enemy – to one who was in distress on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho (Luke 10)
Now no, Cyclists are not potential enemies!
But their kindness and concern for a complete stranger in distress can remind us of the heart of generosity and compassion that we all have inside of us but that can sometimes be repressed and smothered by self-concern, self-interest and our own busy-ness.
So Thank You Cyclists, Thank You The Merlin and Thank you God for the compassionate and considerate hearts given inside of us all that can show such generosity of spirit and good will.
Let us all take the time and give true concern for our neighbours, known and unknown, and to treat others as we ourselves would like ourselves to be treated
My car? It is now benefitting other cars who need her spare parts – through her others shall live on!
As for me, through it all, I do feel strangely blessed.
Revd Jane Parry