|Hayley and Roy as neighbours saw them at Christmas|
Hayley Cropper died tonight in the soap Coronation Street.
According to both me and St Paul at the very least, Hayley was someone who loved a lot. She was very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. She didn’t demand her own way, was never irritable or touchy, never held grudges and hardly even noticed when others did her wrong.
A criticism the Street has received down the years since it was first broadcast in 1960 is that it didn’t bring a Vicar into the show.
In contrast, ITV’s other mega soap, Emmerdale, has a vicar. Much drama there is centred around the Church. I’m not surprised, because in real life churches are not immune from over inflated egos and deviant interpretations. In fact, in my experience churches actually attract these kind of bigots.
Coronation Street’s exclusion of the organised Church doesn’t mean that Christianity doesn’t raise it’s head on the cobbles. I am in the process of preparing for my son’s wedding in July, which you’ll hear a lot about in the coming months, and currently getting to grips with Paul’s inspirational letter to the Corinthians, defining love. He wrote “Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love”.
He adds “If I gave everything i have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospek but didn’t love others it would be of no value whatever”
Looking at the character Hayley there was never any indication of faith.
However, she personified love, and was never glad about injustice, and rejoiced whenever truth came out on top.
And that is the major thrust of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Corinth.
When you weigh up Paul’s message it is that love is infinately more important than faith.
Amen to that
Nice one Paul.
Good night Hayley