A Place for Contemplation

Recently I saw a distressing, inspiring documentary featuring a remarkable teenager called Moin Younis. Moin was diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullosa when he was a baby. His skin tears and blisters at the slightest touch and he has wounds all over his body. He spends over an hour each day soaking in the bath, so that his bandages can be removed before his mum applies new ones. This is a painful process that can take up to five hours.

In 2017, Moin won the Pride of Britain Awards. In his speech, he said, “A lot of people take life for granted. While I am here, I want to get the message out to people to enjoy life. Please, please get the most out of your life and make the most of what you have.” Despite his pain, Moin does a huge amount for charity. I felt ashamed of myself after I’d watched the documentary because I find it too easy to have a moan about things that Moin would love to be able to do, simple things like getting up and dressed.

For Christmas, I received a book called 14000 Things to be Happy About. It’s just a list of everything that gives the author happiness. There are no explanations, just a list. Books like this can be annoying, but this one has touched me. So, what’s on my list? Jesus, my job, my husband, cats, chocolate, books, raspberry porridge, purple, snow, sunshine, clean sheets…God wants us to have life in abundance and to rejoice in Him: Philippians 4:4, reminds us to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” I think my New Year’s resolution will be to look for holy joy and give thanks to God if and when I am tempted to take simple pleasures for granted. So what’s on your list? Sally – Curate

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