BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

© John Denney 1 May 2007



When does Spring start and finish?  The astronomers say that spring starts on the vernal equinox - 21 March, give or take – and ends at the summer solstice.  But I’ve got a theory of my own.  We call 21 June “Midsummer Day”, because before it the days get longer, and after it, they get shorter.  So if that’s midsummer day, and if seasons are 3 months long, then summer must have started 1½ months earlier, about the 6th of May, and ends about the 5th of August.  So on my reckoning, summer is just around the corner!


But then there’s the sporting calendar.  Nowadays, the soccer season ends about a month after the cricket season has started.  In the not-too-distant past, the end of soccer dovetailed with the start of cricket.  It used to be a marker for us schoolboys: the jumpers that were our goalposts were replaced with a chalked wicket on the wall, and we stopped being Stanley Matthews and started being Len Hutton.  Mind you, that was in the days when there were still gentlemen playing cricket.  And when a soccer star could earn as much as £20 a week.  How times change!


About 25 centuries ago, an anonymous writer said this:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.[1]


So let’s take things one step at a time.  Don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.[2]



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[1] Ecclesiastes 1:3 NIV

[2] Matthew 6:34 MSG