Monday, 5 August 2013

All Things Richly to Enjoy

Bradgate Park is one of the natural gems of Leicestershire. Like many other people, I visited it recently with my family. With children running, playing ball games, building dams, scooting and cycling, and adults just watching the many deer, walking or relaxing in the sunshine, it was a fine example of people enjoying “staycations.” 

We owe this gem to a Coal Magnate, Charles Bennion who used his great wealth to buy the Bradgate estate and then give it “for the quiet enjoyment of the people of Leicestershire.” Money can be hoarded, or it can be given away for the benefit of others. One thing is certain, we cannot take it with us when we die. Charles Bennion made a wise decision. 

As St Paul wrote to his assistant, Timothy: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” God has given us so much: all the wonders of creation, and the gift of Jesus Christ. What will we give him – and others?