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November in the Year of The Lord Jesus Christ 2012

Newsletter fromSt Margaret's Isfield

In the article from Little Horsted School you will see a picture of the Cross I made for the new school hall. It really was a labour of love, as it was designed with the help of the staff and children. The idea was to show God's creation in Christian symbols surrounding the cross of Jesus.

So we had the dove alighting at the top, a butterfly (the resurrection), a fish (the ancient symbol - in Greek 'ICHTHUS' - the letters indicating 'Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour'), a climbing Morning Glory (Morning has broken) and a badger coming around the base (not terribly Biblical but the children had been studying badgers, and they are mentioned a few times in the Old Testament).

Some of you will know I have a love affair with wood. Not just for carving, but every aspect of trees themselves, which like so many things in nature reflect the glory of God's creation.

Where would the world be without trees? - the forests, the woodland, the fruit trees in orchards, decorative trees in parks and gardens, the single stately Oak at the side of a field.

And their timber is so useful - Oak for building, Ash for garden implements, Pine, Walnut, Mahogany, Teak, Beech for different items of furniture, Box for small wood-turned objects, Lime for carving, matches, charcoal, logs for the fire; the list goes on and on. I have a 'Dictionary of Wood' which describes hundreds of different species from across the world, their properties and what that particular timber is good for.

So let's hear it for the trees! Let us thank God for them - their beauty, their usefulness to mankind, their leaves constantly cleaning the atmosphere, their infinite variety.

I can't imagine a world without them.

Frank Fox-Wilson