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Thought 4 The Month September 2017

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Jumping to Conclusions!

Due to the recent passing of Canon Brian Fessey a previous contributor to our web site.

We have decided to republish this article by Brian which was the “Thought 4 The Month” for September 2015

May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory


Jumping to conclusions!

Notice the very active participle. ‘Jumping’. There’s a sense of sudden and determined movement. There’s also a sense of thoughtlessness, blindness, hoping for the best.

We do it most days. Leaping blindly into the unknown, sometimes with success, sometimes into the abyss.

Some sort of consideration would be wise. Some guidelines in operation to suggest a better way forward. A moment of prayer, seeking direction. Is that too much to ask? Sadly, it would seem so.

A small plane with five passengers on it had an engine problem and was going down. The pilot came out of the cockpit with a parachute pack strapped on his back and spoke to everybody.

‘I’m sorry, people. There’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that the plane’s going down, and there’s nothing more I can do. The good news is that there are several parachute packs by the wall back there. The bad news is that there are four of them and five of you. But good luck. Thank you for choosing our airline, and we hope you have a good evening, wherever your final destination may be.’ He gave a thumbs-up sign and jumped out of the door.

A woman leaped from her seat. ‘I’m one of the most prominent brain surgeons in the country. My patients depend on me.’ She grabbed a pack, strapped it on and jumped.

A man stood up. ‘I’m a partner in a large law practice, and the office would fall to pieces without me.’ He grabbed a pack –and jumped.

Another man stood up. ‘I am arguably the smartest person in the world. My I.Q. is so high I won’t even tell you what it is. Surely you must understand that I must have a parachute.’ He grabbed a bundle - and jumped.

That left only two people on the plane, a middle-aged vicar and a teenage lad.

‘Well,’ said the vicar, ‘you take the last parachute. You’re young. You have your whole life ahead of you. God bless you, and safe landing.’

The teenager grinned at the older man. ‘Thanks, but there are still two parachutes left. The smartest man in the world just grabbed my ruck-sack.’…………………..

So let’s try to avoid leaping to sudden conclusions whether it’s about illegal immigrants, homeless people or in response to crises in our own lives.

Revd Canon Brian Fessey
1939 - 2017
Retired to Isle of Wight
Formerly at St Mary’s Church Purton

May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory


Revd Canon Brian Fessey
1939 - 2017