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The headlines have been dominated this week by the Assisted Dying Bill which even if passed by the House of Lords, should be rejected by the House of Commons. This has raised many issues around justice and the care of the elderly. I want to take this opportunity to bring to the debate a very difference aspect. That is the effect on those relatives who have to play a part in assisting a beloved relative to die.
My own experience of this, is when the doctors recommended to my mother and me that the ventilator upon which my father depended (he had not regained consciousness for nearly a month) should be turned off. We complied and very quickly he slipped away. There were many good reasons for doing this, including the quality of life he would have had if he had survived. While it was fully supervised by the medical profession, with the complete compliance of the family, nonetheless it was an extremely difficult choice and his passing has left a huge scar on us all. Over fifteen years later I still miss him; he would be 82 now if he had lived.
It is always a bit of a burden when somebody asks you to do something you do regularly but you have got other things on your mind. As I write England have just lost to Uruguay and our World Cup fate hangs by a thread. On the other hand our first grandchild Thomas Luke Kenyon was born 18th June. So to receive an email saying ‘Please can we have your article for the Moreton Hall Directory’ while always welcome did cause my shoulders to sag a little. But then it set me thinking. How often do our children come to us and say things like ‘Daddy, can you do my buttons up? Or will you help me with my homework? Or, I’ve lost my mobile phone. Or even, why haven’t you washed my sports. kit when I need it for school tomorrow?’
At those moments it is easy to be terse and say things like, ‘you should be doing that for yourself now’ or when will you grow up?’ It is not until they have left home, do you realise how precious such moments were. Just when they were open and wanted our help we pushed them away. For some children this can lead to greater friction in the teenage years. Others to turn their backs on their parents rush into a world where they really need help and protection, but now they will never ask.
There are many things we are looking forward to this summer. For some of us it will be our long awaited summer holiday in some sunny place overseas. For others it will be the world cup in Brazil and we will be hoping for an improvement on England’s recent dismal record. For myself, it will be the birth of our first grandchild in Manchester and the joy of seeing a new life brought into the world.
The latest trend in spirituality is the ability to live in the moment. It is very sad to say there are millions of people who live in the past. They either long for a decade long gone when they were young or successful, or they have suffered a traumatic event which defines who they are now even though it happened tens of years ago. The scars have not healed and they are effectively walking wounded.
Annual Meeting and Electoral Roll
The annual meeting of the church will be held on Monday 10th March at 7.30pm.
Nominations for church wardens and church council members will be taken soon.
All church council members are elected or re-elected for one year at a time. There are spaces for new members - please consider this prayerfully. Do not nominate anyone without asking them!
Please remember that if you want to serve on the church council or nominate someone or vote in this election, you must be on the Christ Church electoral roll. If you are not at present on the roll, please see Gillian Corwin, electoral roll officer, for a form and to check your eligibility. Please do this as soon as possible as the electoral roll is closed from Tuesday 25th February. Thank you.
There is a copy of the present electoral roll in the entrance hall for you to check. If you cannot get to church, contact the office for assistance (phone and email as above).
Slightly different rules apply for electing the church wardens.
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