Inflation 1923-24: A German woman feeding a stove with currency notes, which burn longer than the amount of firewood they can buy.
It was strange coming back from Cologne, yes I went there, and reading about financial crisis. What had happened in Germany in the 1920s with all that followed, is, one would hope, never going to happen again.
The effects of economic meltdown are always catastrophic. There seem to be more shops that are standing empty, more "for sale" signs outside houses, more of my parishioners seem to be unable to live the lifestyle they had a few years ago. I am worried about how to heat the Church this year, many of my parishioners are worried how to keep themselves warm.
Those on fixed incomes, the elderly especially, are really worried about how they will cope, food has become more expensive, even travelling to work has become more expensive.
I saw a mother of one of the children in our school a few weeks ago picking up cigarrette ends in the street, it seemed to illustrate where we might be heading.
What worries me is that in any economic decline we search for strong leadership, which is always terrifying: Put not your trust in princes, as the Psalmist says.