Living With The Heat

Yesterday was the hottest day on record. Temperatures in some parts of the UK exceeded 40C. As the heat intensified across East Anglia fire crews were called to dozens of blazes.

We’re seeing pictures of far worse fires in France and Spain…

We’re told that this is part of ongoing climate change. We must learn to live with the heat.

I’m reading ‘The Sisters of Auschwitz’. It tells the true story of two Jewish sisters, Janny and Lien. The Nazis have occupied The Netherlands and they are part of the resistance movement, providing a safe place for many who are being hunted. It’s a wonderful story of courage and resilience

Janny and Lien learn to live with the heat of danger.

Son-in-law Allan speaks of his work as a social work apprentice. He tells the story of John who had tried to take his life. Allan worked with other professionals to find a place where John could live safely and receive care and support.

Allan helped John to learn to live with the heat of his mental ill-health…

Josh and Becca collected the keys to their first home yesterday. In a few weeks they will be married, publicly making promises to become husband and wife ‘…to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part…’

Josh and Becca, promising to love and care for each other through life’s future unknown heat…

This morning I read: ‘But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against the wall, or like the relentless heat of the desert.’ (Isaiah 25:4-5)

God was Isaiah’s refuge and shelter, helping him to live with the heat.

2 thoughts on “Living With The Heat

  1. Have started to read your blog after Liz Hayden put me on to them. Well done Malcolm and it is great to have reflections and biblical verses which come out of everyday life and concerns. Also we all need the discipline of musing and reflecting ..Just being quiet and let the Lord give us thoughts ..after all the psalmists did and look at the divinely inspired legacy we have been left with!


    1. Thanks Josephine… When I started I knew it wouldn’t be a devotional, a Bible study or a sermon – others do that sort of thing better than me, and I wanted to do something different…. I’d never done any writing before…2 years and 830 musings later it’s evolved to become my daily reflection, my therapy, my confessional, my questioning… but also my personal statement of faith.


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