June 11

posted 30 May 2011, 00:10 by Richard Jones   [ updated 30 May 2011, 00:23 ]
The Vicar writes . . .

DOESN’T INSPIRATION come from the most unusual places? I was reading an article the other day by a man called Damon Rogers. Nothing unusual in that, but Damon is a prisoner awaiting execution on death row in California, and this is the story he told.

    “One day a father and his rich family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him just how poor some people can be. They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family.

    When they got back from their trip, the father asked his son, ‘How was the trip?’ His son answered, ‘Very good dad!’ The father asked, ‘Did you see how poor people can be?’ With a smile, his son replied, ‘Yeah dad, I did.’ The father asked his son what he’d learnt from the trip.

    ‘I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have the whole horizon’.

    When the boy was finished, his father was speechless. His son added, ‘Thanks for showing me just how poor we are’”.

    ‘Isn’t it true’, Rogers says, ‘that it all depends on the way you look at things? If you have love, friends, family, health, good humour and a positive attitude towards life – you have everything!

    You can’t buy any of these things, but still you can have all the material possessions you can imagine, provision for the future etc., but if you are poor in spirit, you have nothing!’

    Damon Rogers concludes his article, ‘Although we are all lacking in the material possession category here in prison, I can only hope that we can all maintain a strong and positive attitude for the present that will carry on into the future, being contagious to those who are weak in spirit and lacking in hope’.

    I have no way of knowing whether Damon Rogers is a Christian or not, but his philosophy of life, so dearly learned in coming to terms with his offence, his imprisonment, and the constant threat of capital punishment which hangs over him, is clearly one which most Christians would share.

    As we all hopefully continue to bask in the wonderful mountain-top experience that was Easter, let’s pray that we too might “maintain a strong and positive attitude for the present that will carry on into the future, being contagious to those who are weak in spirit and lacking in hope”.

    As Christians we can do no more. Nor should we expect to do less.

    May God’s blessing be with you all

Paul
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