North Wiltshire Methodist Circuit

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Earlier this week I had the real joy of visit Dyrham Park with a friend. Even though we are members of the National Trust it was one of the fairly local sites I hadn’t yet visited. What a wonderful treat we were in for. I don’t think I have ever seen so many beautiful deer in one place. There were clearly young deer, that perhaps are this year’s fawns, all the way through to clearly the alpha males with their 

Deer at Dyrham Park

fantastic antlers. Seeing first hand where the phase ‘to lock horns’ comes from was magnificent. 

We didn’t rush on but stopped, quietly watching for some time – taking the occasional picture.

 This was without doubt a therapeutic oasis in what seems to be a very busy and fractious time at present. It was an opportunity to pull me back to reflecting on what truly matters – and dare I say, for a brief few hours it wasn’t about the ‘doing’ but the ‘being’. It reminded me of that lovely poem, calling us to at least press the pause button in our often busy and hectic lives, if not the stop button for a while. 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.      

                                       By William Henry Davies

I have come to the conclusion that the turning of Autumn is maybe my favourite of all the seasons, watching the colours change, the cobwebs draped with early morning dew and nature preparing for the days ahead.

 I’m certainly not the only one that needs to be reminded to pause and stand and stare I’m sure. In our often hectic lives let us find time to look around us, and give thanks to our creator for all that he has made. He made it for our pleasure, as well as his.  Creation in all its majestic beauty and bounty.

 Many of you know that my favourite Psalm is Psalm 8. Dyrham Park reminded me just why.

 God bless you as you make space to simply be and enjoy the wonder of the beauty all around us