As I write, winter is up on us.  Up until now, we've had it fairly mild, mostly, but this week threatens us with very cold.  We'll see.  Sometimes they make big scary headlines, and nothing comes of it.  

The Australian Open (Tennis) is half way through, with all Britain's singles players knocked out, Andy Murray, sadly, included.  He has to answer big questions about his future for himself now.  The England Cricket Team are about to start a series in the West Indies, and we'll see how they get on. 

Back home, we find ourselves in extremely turbulent times, and in Officially Unchartered Territory.  I am referring, of course, to Brexit.  It seems to me that the Conservative Party is divided, the Labour Party is divided, and the country is divided.  I have heard it said that there was an overwhelming majority in favour of leaving the EU, but there wasn't.  There was only a difference of 4%. 

And therein, I think, lies the difficulty.  A little over half the country want one thing, and a little under half want the opposite.  And none of us want something that is going to be bad for our country and we are still in Europe whatever happens and will want to get on with our neighbour.

It is a conundrum which, at the time of writing, does not seem to have any solution that will please everyone, or even attract a majority.

So, at this time of national crisis, and whichever side of the fence you are on, please pray for our Prime Minister, our Government and Parliament as, currently, they are the ones who have to find a way forward.  Pray for wisdom and discernment and courage. 

We might not agree with the way Brexit has been handled, but we can't do anything about that.  We might despair at the way politicians shout at each other across the floor of the house, often, it seems without a plan of how they would do things themselves, but we can't do much about that, except write to our MPs.  We might think that the EU has been unhelpful and harsh, but we can't do anything about that. 

The only thing we can do is to pray.  So I would urge you; no, challenge you, to spare a few moments each day until all is resolved to pray for our PM, our Government, our Parliament, our country and the EU.  Not pray that the outcome you voted for would come about, but that the needs and interest of our country will be served as best as possible under the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves. 

After all, we are all going to have to live and work after what will happen has happened, AND we will all have to live and work with each other, whichever side of the fence we are on.

More on the outcome of the Extraordinary Gifts next month!

Yours, Lindsay