Day 107 Revd Tim Heaton’s Thought for the Day

The hollyhocks are starting to flower, whose name derives from “holy hock”. One story is that it was brought back from the Holy Land by the crusaders, another that it grew on Holy Island near St Cuthbert’s hermit cell and became holy by his proximity.

And in my mini meadow the lady’s bedstraw is covered in whorls of bright yellow flowers. The story goes that the manger in the stable at Bethlehem was empty because the animals had eaten all the hay, so Mary laid the baby Jesus on a bed of this beautiful sprawling perennial - lady’s bedstraw.

All of the natural world is God’s handiwork. How right and proper that so much of it tells the Christian story.