Our days in Chichester showed us many people working as volunteers; in National Trust properties, Pallant House Gallery and in Chichester Cathedral itself. We were there one morning as they came in, greeting each other, breathing the building to life. Read on and judge whether I was distracted by their voices and the click of the flower ladies’ secateurs.
These places would collapse without volunteers. As one told us, ‘When we (meaning the Trust) took over, there was just one gardener; now most work is done by volunteers.’ Note that ‘We’.
Paul saw things this way:
God hath set the members every one of them in the body as it hath pleased him. And if they all were one member, where would be the body? But now there are many members indeed, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand: I need not thy help; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you. Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary.
1 Corinthians 12:18-22.
Sometimes I see volunteers begin their day at Canterbury Cathedral by lighting a candle before Our Lady Undercroft, beginning with conscious prayer, continuing praying through their work. May God bless their work and ours.
May volunteers and their work never go unappreciated by the heads of the bodies they work for: stately homes, cathedrals, FISC; schools, hospitals, hospices, …
The Winter Dairy at Petworth House, NT; maintained and explained by volunteers.