Brian Bliss April 2022

This is the variegated form of the common wildflower ‘Honesty’. The ordinary form has mauve/blue flowers in spring and flat silvery seed heads in autumn but this variegated form is much more distinguished with brightly silver edged leaves and white flowers. It really catches the eye.

Looking at it again this year reminded me that it is our task as Christians not just to live in our community but to stand out among them. As Christians do we catch the eye or are we indistinguishable from everyone else?

What is it about this plant that draws the eye? Surely it is the contrast between the silver edge and the dark green of the leaves or, more scientifically, the genetic change within which has brought about the change in leaf pattern.

Now, as I look at this plant again using a ‘Christian Lens’, I’m reminded that just as the plant has been genetically transformed from within and now catches the eye, so I have been given the chance to become a child of God, transformed by committing my life to Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit. Jesus offers the Holy Spirit to live within all who trust their lives to him and it is he who brings about that transformation. It is the Holy Spirit within who will provide the silver edge to our leaves which make us stand out.

Now each time I look at the silver variegation shining out in my garden It urges me to think about my own life once more. As Jesus reminds me to ‘ask and you will receive’, I know it is time to ask the Holy Spirit for more silver edging!

Data Protection Policy

Under Data Protection legislation the church Charity Trustees of Saltash Baptist Church are the Data Controllers and the Church Secretary acts as our Data Protection Officer. We are collecting this information to enable the church to keep in touch with you and provide pastoral support as appropriate.

Data Protection legislation allows us to process this information as we regard it as being in the church’s legitimate interest. Your name and contact details will be entered into our church database which is held on the church office computer and cloud system which is password protected and accessed only by the Ministers, Church Secretary and Church Administrator. Your contact details will be removed from the database once you are no longer a member of the church – unless you ask to remain as one of our “church friends”. We would like to include your name and contact details in our Church Directory which will be accessible through ChurchSuite . If you are happy for your details to be included please indicate where asked to do so. You can ask for your details to be removed at any time.

To enable us to provide adequate pastoral support to you and your family, one of the Ministers may record information which may be regarded as sensitive. This information will be stored (in password protected documents) on the church computer and Cloud System but the password will only be known by the Ministers. This information will NOT be disclosed to anyone else without your consent. You have the right to ask to see any information we hold about you (including the pastoral support information) by submitting a ‘Subject Access Request’ to the Church Secretary. You also have the right to ask for information which you believe to be incorrect to be rectified. If you are concerned about the way your information is being handled please speak to our Data Protection Officer. If you are still unhappy you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office.


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