This Month's Message

Harpley, My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Joy Smith









September 2022


Dear Friends
As I sit down to write this letter it is over 30º outside and everywhere is looking dried up and all our gardens are suffering from the lack of water.

Now they are talking about droughts and asking people to use less water.

Without water, we would die.

Water is essential for life on earth, not just human life but all life.

Water is needed for drinking, cleaning, washing, and making cropsgrow.

There is no substitute for this precious resource, and yet we waste it, we
pollute it, and we even commodify it!

Hopefully it won’t be too long before we get some rain.

A few weeks ago there was a burst water main and my friend in South Wootton was without water for several days although they managed
with the help of people bringing them bottled water. She said “it makes you realise how much we rely on water, but also how kind people were to ensure
everyone had enough water.
One of my favourite bible readings is from John’s gospel Chapter 4 verses 5 to30 and it is about Jesus meeting a Samaritan woman at a well.

The woman goes to the well in the heat of the day most likely because she wanted to avoid running into others who would look on her as a tainted woman as she certainly had a past!!

She is surprised to encounter a man, and even more a Jewish man, who initiates a conversation with her.

She was already vulnerable because of her past and when she meets this man, Jesus, she could immediately recognize his acceptance.

So she is comfortable enough to offer him a drink of water.

In turn, he offers her more, an invitation to get in touch with the thirst in her soul which she had tried to satisfy with multiple love affairs. He says "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give will never thirst; the water that I
shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life".

Filled with his acceptance and realizing she had found someone who could fulfil her deepest longings, she runs to others to spread the good news.
It is in essence what we all need, to be loved, accepted and to love in return.

In the past few years we have had to think of others as well as ourselves, to help those who couldn’t go out and in many of our villages the community
rallied round to help one another.

Hopefully this will continue as we face a difficult winter, with rising fuel and food costs which will affect us all.

But we can take heart from Jesus words that he will always be with us walking beside us every step of the way and offering us the water that will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life in us.

Joy Smith

Licensed Lay Minister


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