From the Editor: Degrees of light
Tessa Briggs, Managing Editor, looks forward to a brighter 2021
Due to the majority of our churches being closed, or re-closed, this issue of Pobl Dewi is online-only again but we hope to be able to print copies in June.
As I write this in mid-February, the days are lengthening, minute by minute, and the promise of spring is in the air, on fine days, at least. The snowdrops and crocuses are out, some brave daffodils are burgeoning and a few lambs can be seen in the fields. The cycle of life continues and nature is a wonderful thing.
That being said, the international convention on climate change (COP26), which will meet in Glasgow in November, has critical issues to discuss before our beautiful planet Earth is tipped beyond the point of no return. Marcus Zipperlen, in his article Virtual pilgrimage to COP26 with St Davids Diocese, invites us all on an eight month, virtual pilgrimage to Glasgow, starting on St David’s Day, to pray for, and support, the crucial COP26 summit.
The Bishop, in her article Being salt and light, encourages us to be beacons of light in our communities. You will find several examples of such outreach in this edition, including articles about community gardens, foodbanks and the Impact 242 Centres of Mission.
Having been under tight lockdown restrictions since just before Christmas, it has been a long, dark and, for many, a very lonely winter. However, the roll-out of the vaccine is bringing another ray of hope to us all and there are now suggestions that Wales may open up for tourism again by Easter. Tourism notwithstanding, there are many whom we know, in our own communities and further afield, who have been shielding for a year and who are understandably anxious about going out – we keep them in our prayers and look forward to seeing them again before too long.
As we reach St David’s Day, the words of our Patron Saint come to mind: ‘Be joyful, keep the faith and do the little things.’ This is a good maxim for us as we creep towards the light of the summer months, the easing of lockdown restrictions, the re-opening of all our churches and to being able to meet up with our families, friends and church families on a regular basis once again.