BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the day
© John Denney 10 March 2004
Have you noticed?† The days are getting noticeably longer.† The crocuses are up, with the daffodils not far behind.† My lawn needs a cut.† Yes, itís Spring.† We all know what a young manís fancy turns to at this time of year, but men of all ages, beware: a womanís fancy turns to Spring Cleaning!† Our cat and I have learned to keep out of the Memsahibís way at this time of year.† A misplaced teacup; a carelessly placed document; a crumb of cat food on the kitchen floor; all these provoke a doubtless deserved sigh followed by that meaningful look. †You know what I mean.
Spring-cleaning is obviously good and necessary.† (My wife told me to say that.)† But there is a sort of spring weirdness not confined to the Mad March Hare.† Hereís just three odd pieces of news in the last couple of days.
∑ A Beatles fan from Hong Kong has reportedly paid £2,442 for a single lock of John Lennon's hair.
∑ A woman wearing an £8000 mink coat walked into an Austrian bar and asked what the smell of burning was.† She didnít realise that a protester had set fire to the garment, which was totally destroyed by the time firemen arrived.
∑ Historians have just discovered that in 1379, a Yorkshire father named his daughter ďDiot CokeĒ.
Thereís far more serious news though.† Civil Servants are planning to strike over pay.† Iraq remains a country in turmoil.† Palestinians and Israelis kill each other in never-ending tit-for-tat violence.† Haiti remains unsettled.† Despite the release of some U.K. detainees into British custody, many prisoners remain at Guantanamo Bay, with no certain plan for dealing fairly with them.† Global warming and climate change, and genetically modified organisms crop up constantly as bad news.
Truly, humankind is in chaos.† We live in a disordered world.† As individuals we have little influence on world affairs, or even local politics.† But God knew this is how it would be.† He gave us a promise and a proposal for action through the prophet Jeremiah:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.† Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.† You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.