At the end of Lent, the Chaplain decided he would continue the daily spiritual emails, for those who want them. Approximately 300 pupils, staff, parents, Merchistonians and others receive them each day. The working title is "For the Duration."
The Chaplain commented about his daily emails:
"I believe that encouragement is the new currency ... it keeps us going ... and never loses its value. The emails are just one of many Merchiston initiatives. I have found the weekly clapping of the NHS very moving. Likewise, locally the Easter egg display organised by Ms Waldron and the Easter gifts from the Headmaster and from Mr Troxler for the young children on site (all done very carefully)! Merchiston joining the churches in Colinton by ringing the bell on Easter Sunday morning was a once in a generation event. And of course, we have the weekly podcasts from our Deputy Head Co-curricular, Mr Charman! We are all truly together in this! And the emails are my way of trying to say that I truly believe God is with us too."
The Chaplain has been sending out daily spiritual messages throughout Easter. They go to whoever has signed up, and some have sent encouragement back. Here are just six of the many comments received in the last two weeks (shared with permission):
“I'll add my thanks to what has been shared and grateful that they are going to continue. As you say, it is like an extended Lenten period, and having reflections to support us through that will be much appreciated.”
"Enjoying the daily blog hugely ... reading them each day gives me comfort and hope for the future.”
“With this daily "Lifeline" there is a connection to familiar themes and gives each person an opportunity for individual food for thought.”
“I found the message very powerful at this time but also very moving to think of you at Merchiston, all pulling together, helping each other.”
“First, let me say how much I am getting from the emails, they hit just the right notes when at this time they are very needed. They are all so relevant to the needs of the day, and I look forward to receiving them each morning as they help me to get through the day ahead.”
“Really finding the messages helpful” (NHS Consultant)
Perhaps rather relevant that the comment from the NHS consultant is the shortest … but the fact they even took the time! Very humbling!
The Chaplain's daily emails are published on our Blogs page.
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