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My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Joy Smith

Licenced Reader

                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2020

Dear Parishioners

 

Autumn “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,” according to John Keats and a season I love.  Happy memories of picking blackberries, apples, pears, plums etc and helping my mum bottle them ready for delicious treats during the winter months. Little glimpses of light in the winter months to come.

Well this year has been very strange for most of us with not being able to go out, meet with friends and family and when things were starting to get back to normal it looks as if they will be far from normal with even the prospect of Christmas having to be totally different..  But it has also been a time when we have been able to stop and look at doing things differently.  Perhaps trying to grow our own vegetables or make our gardens a riot of colour.  Exercise was going for walks rather than going to the gym and enjoying the benefits of nature, one of the joys of living in the countryside. Will things ever get back to normal. We can hope, like those little glimpses of light in the winter months.

Hope what a wonderful word. Hope is a dynamic thing, as indeed is faith itself - it grows as we grow. The Scriptures talk of us starting off as children in the faith and then growing as we begin to be fed on spiritual food. And it is the maturity that comes with this growth that can help us to face those important moments in our lives when doubts and fears creep in.

Even within the darkest of days, God is there. But there is more to Christian faith than hope for now or the immediate future. Our hope rests in the Kingdom of God and the promise of an eternity spent in the presence of God.

Now if God is in your heart then you are living in the Kingdom. In the hereafter it is the promise of the New Testament 'He who believes HAS eternal life'

Our hope lies in the victory of Jesus on the cross and his resurrection. It grows as we start to trust God's promises and act upon them, and then adds two other benefits, peace and joy.

"So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."                                                          

Joy Smith. Reader

 

 


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