Mind the Gap
Astrid Clarke from Gyffin has some challenging, but honest words for our time, as she reflects on keeping safe.
ar y pryd yn ymddangos yn bleserus,
ond yn hytrach yn boenus; ond yn nes ymlaen, y mae’n dwyn heddychol gynhaeaf cyfiawnder i’r rhai sydd wedi eu hyfforddi ganddi.’
‘Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time,
but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.’
‘Mind the Gap.’ Anyone who has been on the London Underground will have often heard this announcement when boarding a train. There must be a big gap in so many of the stations between platform and train.
I recall boarding steam trains as a young child. Their noise and all the people pushing to get on made me frightened. Also it was easy for something to fall in the gap. I vividly remember a lady losing her shoe. It didn’t help that I knew my grandfather had been pushed against a train door, as it was approaching the station. The door flew open and he fell. He was badly injured and I remember him in Plaster of Paris from neck to toes.
‘Space’ is another word for gap. We hear it said, ‘I like my own space’ or ‘give me some space’. Those who talk like that are quite often selfish people. Do they make space for other people, or for God, in their lives? In this Pandemic, most of us have been holed up at home so much. ‘Our own space’ has given time to reflect on our lives and perhaps realise more clearly what is actually most important to us.
Those not isolating, like those that may be working very hard to heal or serve people, are greatly appreciated. But what about the others ‘enjoying their space’ at beaches and parks, or not leaving the specified gap between themselves and others? It is hard for any of us to listen to Authority. We usually think we know best. But in the end, defeating this virus comes down to the fact that we must all be willing to listen, and then MIND THE GAP!
Dduw ein Tad,
daeth dy Fab, y goleuni nad yw’n pallu,
o’r nefoedd i waredu’r byd o dywyllwch anwybodaeth:
caniatâ i’r dirgeleddau sanctaidd hyn
agor llygaid ein dealltwriaeth
inni adnabod ffordd y bywyd,
a cherdded ar hyd-ddi heb faglu;
trwy Iesu Grist ein Harglwydd.
God our Father,
whose Son, the light unfailing,
has come from heaven to deliver the world
from the darkness of ignorance:
let these holy mysteries open the eyes of our understanding
that we may know the way of life,
and walk in it without stumbling;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.