It’s important, we’re told, to keep our noticeboards outside our churches up to date, and it almost goes without saying that our internet platforms such as Facebook and websites must be continually refreshed and updated too.
The poster issued by the District this year and used on our church noticeboards, and in many members windows, during Advent spoke about light shining in the darkness.
No matter how dark it gets, hold on to the light
As you can see from the picture it is a fairly simple design, featuring an everyday object, yet I know for a fact that for at least one person it has been significant. I had a phone call this week from a steward at one of my village chapels. The church sits on the main street in the village and a gentleman from the village had rung her to say how much the poster means to him. Every day he walks past the chapel and the words on the poster bring him hope and comfort, and he just wanted to say thank you.
What appears at first sight to be insignificant or simple is often the most important. A simple poster has brought comfort and hope to someone, a reminder that even in the darkest of times the light still shines – and the simple act of saying thank you has brought encouragement too – the chapel, though closed at present, can still speak of hope and light.
Sometimes, it is the small things, the simple gestures and the quiet acts that speak loudest.