05 March: Ven Ian Bishop

When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 19:9-10

A reflection from Ven Ian Bishop, Archdeacon of Macclesfield


There’s a principle here that is repeated again and again in scripture.  It’s about being generous to those who have little.  Take what you need but no more. 

It’s a principle that can be applied to the exploitation of the world’s resources.  If we all lived more simply then the exploitation of the rainforests and the fossil fuels that are devastating our planet wouldn’t be needed.  It would be easy to be cynical and say ‘what difference can I make’?  But the scriptures always start with a call to take individual responsibility and to leave the big picture to Him.

Last year, inspired by a visit to Chester Zoo, I dug out a wild pond in our garden.  It’s nice having a pond in the garden but I deliberately leave it for wildlife.  I’ve been rewarded with ducks dropping by and any number of other creatures.  The local biodiversity has noticeably increased and it has become a little bit of garden left for those that need it more than I do.

Spend a moment examining your own heart.  Can you as an individual make a small difference?

A prayer

Dear Lord

On this journey through Lent help me to live more simply, to remember not to take more than is needed and to make small differences. 


Ven Ian Bishop,
Archdeacon of Macclesfield



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