Theme for the Day
Cows played an important part in my early life. One memory is of the awful sound they made when separated from their calves. I often lay awake listening to this.
The poet Charles Causley uses the Cornish dialect word 'helve' to describe it. If you take a deep breath and say 'helve' out loud the sound comes from deep inside. In a small way it makes the pain of separation real.
Christ's sacrifice on the Cross was foretold in Psalm 22, one of the so-called 'Messianic Psalms." There you find the details of Christ's passion, even down to how the Roman soldiers threw dice for his clothes.
It was the first line of Psalm 22 that our Lord cried out from the Cross: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Why not helve these words with Our Saviour this Good Friday, before joining him in the joy of Easter?
Jane Jones, Sutton Coldfield
FROM THE PAST
200 YEARS AGO: Journeymen collarmakers who are steady and have a good hand may earn good wages and have constant employment by applying to John Langlow, Ludlow, Shropshire.
Aris's Birmingham Gazette, March 1798.
100 YEARS AGO: Mr A.B. Smith (deputy coroner) held an adjourned enquiry at the Freemasons Arms, Newtown, Essington, on the body of William Nicholls (64), of Hobble End, Essington, who was found in a cottage shockingly mutilated by rats on Monday last. …