Lent words - Day 16 ~ Provide
When we hear the word "provide" we immediately think of providing Love, a home, security, happiness... or maybe food. But who are we providing for? Well very often we are providing for ourselves but over time we'll find ourselves providing for a family, neighbours maybe, or even the wider community.
Coupled with the above in a more religious context we learn : God is saying "ask me I will provide for you." I don't want to get into a huge debate on this as it isn't the thrust of this post, however asking God for greedy, self obsessed, merchandise to satisfy our spending isn't going to be answered. The "universe" doesn't work like that either. You have to put the work in. We have to take action towards the path we want... keep focused and in the end... we are rewarded ... by the grace of god... the universe / energy or through our own vision and creativity... whichever you think is most appropriate.
It would appear that although the above might be 'normal' right now... 50 years ago it wasn't... and 50 years from now it won't be either. Without community you need money to pay for everything. Our lifestyles require huge sums of money as everyone has their hand out asking for payment. There is no reason for me to do something for you. I don't know you... why should I help you? ... Oh, I am going to be paid... ok... this is my rate... pay me, and I'll do what is set out in my terms and conditions. (not any more mind...)
I read a blog this week written by one of our very own local businesses that emphasises what I am saying above. It's a blog by +linda anderson of +The Kitchen Croxley ...
Linda set the community coffee shop up having served for Christain Aid around the world. The organisation was changing and Linda left the charity and came up with the idea for the Kitchen sometime later. The Kitchen was set up to "Provide" a community space where local people can come and meet. Linda didn't set the Kitchen up to make vast profits. The intent was to provide something that would encourage people to meet each other, reconnect... a place where people could enjoy each others company and create new memories. Like a kitchen in a house... there would be conversation, baking (lots of baking), laughter... coffee of course... tea too!
Take a quick escape from this blog... to read Linda's blog here.... Please do read the blog before continuing because I will refer to it...
Is Linda 'begging' for support and help from the community here? ... Is Linda complaining with sour grapes about the cost of ingredients or that the competition has a better product or service?
|Reason Coffee Shop & Bookstore|
It is D-Day
Actually these places have become an integral and vital part of our communities. But... we are about to lose them. Linda has put her heart and soul into her work to "provide" a space for community to flourish. It has so nearly worked...
Take the Kitchen out of Croxley and it will be a sad blow for the village. What do you want there instead? An estate agent? ... a Pizza shop?
We all have a voice... and we have been 'provided' with an opportunity to start rebuilding community. It begins with a place to talk... it begins with a place to bring people together... It's our chance to do something here. We can all do our bit.