Honk for Encouragement

16/10/20Honk for Encouragement

Out in the garden, I heard a noise like honking car horns and looked up into the sky. Above me was a flock of wild geese, in a perfect ‘V’ formation, migrating to North Africa for the winter. Have you ever wondered why they fly in such a perfect ‘V’? Scientists put their computers and flight simulators to the test and realised that it is the easiest way to fly! The formation acts aerodynamically like a single wing, so that wind drag is distributed equally among all birds.

25 geese flying together in a ‘V’ can travel 70% further than one goose flying alone!

The benefit of the air-flow pattern in the ‘V’ goes both ways. Whilst the lead goose pulls along those that follow, the others send relief up to the front to take over periodically and all the birds honk noisily to encourage each other on the journey.

We too have a long and hard journey ahead of us, a winter of uncertainty. At a time when we are not allowed to see family and friends as we would like, staying connected and journeying together is all the more important. There are many ways to do this, through phone calls, FaceTime and other social media platforms. However, it’s not the same and it’s very easy to feel alone, isolated and start to worry. Like the geese, we cannot make the journey alone. We need each other. That is why it is so important to talk about how we are feeling, and to make ourselves available to others.

The bible teaches us to sow into the very field in which we would like to reap. In other words, if you are feeling lonely, ring or write to someone else who may be feeling the same. Before you know it, you will have a friend and find that by ministering to others your own need was met!

One of the ways we are doing this as a school is through a Christmas Card competition. Every hand made card will be sent to an elderly person in a care home this Christmas to help them know that they are loved and remembered. (Could you make one too? Entries to Mrs Morgan in the Chapel by 6th November…there’s a great prize too!)

Together we are stronger and together we will come through this season to a brighter one ahead. In the meantime, just as the geese honked to encourage each other on the journey, let us ensure our words are encouraging (the very word encouragement means ‘to build up’) and support each other.

“Each of you must look not only to your own needs but to the needs of others” Philippians 2:7

“Encourage one another and build each other up!” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, The Bible

Sunnier days are coming, but in the meantime, let’s journey together and encourage each other along the way!

Tracy Morgan

School Chaplain