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From David Slater, Trustee and Lead Chaplain at Port of Dover and Eurotunnel

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Mind The Gap

From a church perspective this is the gap between Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) and Pentecost (50 days after the Passover), a period that is still technically in the Easter period, but with a lot of thought focusing forward to the church’s birthday party celebrating Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

There are of course many things that now in these 9 days, from the Novena prayer activities in Canterbury Diocese to the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ international prayer events.

One snag of great celebrations is that for some people they can be very painful, even hearing great uplifting prayers from Church Leaders can seem downright hypercritical to someone who has suffered just the opposite treatment from other leaders.

It is a variation on a common problem, because we are all different, that someone’s idea of a great present may be felt as a great punishment by the ‘lucky’ recipient. It may be the big surprise party organised by the extrovert sister in law (from a large family) for someone who hates any gathering of more than a dozen. I once had a senior manager who laid on a thank you afternoon and evening for his team; socialising together with a Friday afternoon boat trip on the Thames and buffet afterwards. But some who had not seen their family all week and who still had important deadlines for Monday spent the whole time worrying that they would be working Saturday and the whole thing felt excruciatingly like a penance.

As chaplains we need to look at people as individuals, where they are and what they want, even if their employers (or family, or church) have great ideas of doing something ‘good’ for them. We can stand with them in the gap between the perceptions of themselves and of others.

Bear in mind that for the Mental Health Foundation this is also Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 and they are focusing on stress. They have recently published a new survey that found that over the past year, almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. More people feeling in the gap between a rock and a hard place. Most of those will not be doing a Novena Prayer Walk, or going to a Pentecost Praise event, they may have to work the bank holiday, or are fearful of being at home alone for 3 days (or fearful of being with their family for 3 days).

As chaplains let us try and be alongside them where they are, to pray the Spirit into their lives.

Should you wish to contact David please email him - david@kentworkplacemission.org