We are all struggling in one way or another in these ever-changing strange times. Recently I have spoken to folk who are all feeling marginalised and struggling particularly with their own self worth. An elderly person who has no access to technology, a man who has lost his job, someone feeling guilty about having to remain in lockdown instead of being a part of his working environment, a person living on their own feeling very isolated and even a year 5 ten year old not able to be at school, and feeling that the school energies were now directed towards those able to attend school, rather than those still expected to do learning at home. Mental health issues of feeling like the “under dog”
Besides words of reassurance and encouragement from scripture I have found the following story to have a helpful message.
There was once a gardener who was very proud of his beautiful garden. He cared for it everyday with great tenderness. Every day, at the far end of the garden he would fill up his buckets with water and carry them back along the path to the flower beds.
To water his flowers he used two buckets. One was a bright shiny new bucket, and one was a very old and rather dilapidated bucket which had seen long years of service in the garden but was now well past its best.
The bright shiny bucket was proud of itself . It could be relied upon to carry the full assignment of water right up to the flower beds without spilling a single drop.
The shabby old bucket felt very different and ashamed in comparison. It knew it had holes in it, and every morning it was so sad to see that by the time the gardener reached the flower beds, a good deal of water had already sp