‘Do your little bit of good where you are;
it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.’
Desmond Tutu ‘Arch’
Every age has it’s living saints. As he celebrates his 90th birthday, let’s not miss an opportunity to thank God for Desmond Tutu or ‘Arch’ as he is affectionately known.
There are lots of wonderful anecdotes about this wonderful man of God. One of my spiritual directors had been his Chaplain in Cape Town. Everyday, without fail, ‘Arch’ insisted that his staff celebrate Holy Communion together before breaking for lunch at 12noon. However, as in any busy office, time tends to slip… One day, nine minutes before 12 he said, ‘O my Godt, we haven’t celebrated communion?!?’…. Nine minutes later at the stroke of 12, the whole office, led by ‘Arch’ had shared together the fastest ever Eucharist!
eucharistia ‘thanksgiving’ is at the heart of what it means to be good news.
Last Sunday, all three of our church family celebrations of Harvest Festival were ‘good news’. In prayer, praise and gifts, we did the little bit of good where we could and together it was, as so many people have shared with me, overwhelming.
Thank you all for your little bits of good and how together, as Harbour Churches, you are overwhelming the world.
PS Desmond Tutu is also a man of Christ-like courage and in speaking truth to power, witnessed to God’s Kingdom of justice, mercy and peace, as this quote uncomfortably shows: ‘When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible, and we had the land. They said, “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible, and they had the land!’