It hasn’t rained for a long time.
Was it about this time last year that we were being warned of drought? And having written off the possibility of that being rectified, it rained, rained, and then rained some more.
I have a daughter who studies media, and it is interesting to note that any celebrity gossip she hears she is extremely suspicious of – in the sense that she is sure it has been planted, deliberately rumoured, or is part of a publicity game. Not cynism, she would say, but a knowledge of how the industry works.
Does it also affect the news – even on the BBC? And the weather?
Do we have to find a negative angle to make it newsworthy? Do we need to find a way of presenting a simple fact that reinforces doom and gloom – or seeks to blame somebody or something else.
I think we do. We are too scared to speak of grace in the media. News stories can’t be told from a perspective of this is God’s world, who made it, and ultimately there is a plan if we are prepared to trust him, respect and honour him. God, if acknowledged, can only be portrayed as a baddie.
There seems to be little grace in the Thatcher story too.
Be gracious and graceful. Boy does this world need it!