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Vicar's Letter

September 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

September marks the beginning of a new academic year. Little people will be attending school for the very first time; not so little people will be beginning a new school year perhaps in a different class, school, college or even university. And every day has the potential to be the start of something amazing and new; however little we may be! Lin-Manuel Miranda goes even further - “Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life”. Jo and Harri were sat in a pub and came up with the following insight: our lives are like a square window with four panes. Its known as the Johari Window. Drawing this out on a piece of paper helps us to see what they mean.

Basically, it's a square divided into four equal squares. The top left hand pane may hold information that we know about ourselves and other people know about us. The top right hand pane holds information that we know about us that other people don't. The bottom left pane holds information that others know about us that we don't, and the bottom right hand pane holds information that none of us know about us; and this is our potential - full of mystery. It's a way of helping us understand our relationships with ourselves and those around us

Some of us may remember a childhood TV programme called Playschool. We were invited to look through a round window, an arched window or a square window, to discover something new. A bit like the fourth pane in the JoHari window. Discovery can be exciting and we don't have to hike off to another part of the world to do so. There are many in our villages that have discovered things about our local history and are only too keen to share, given the opportunity.

So what might help to make today the greatest day of our life? Jo and Harri might say it's about our relationships and our local historians might agree, in as much as what has gone before is what we are building from. The ultimate question has to be ‘so where are we headed?' Crops are made to eat, beer is made to quench thirst (in the middle-ages it was safer to drink than water)and we are made to Love; something that is eternal. Just as crops need a field and beer needs a brewery, we too need to connect with where we come from. If we want a full life, we need a True Life in God (God that three letter spelling of the word Love).

Frances J Roberts puts it this way: Many a ship has sailed from port to port with no interference from Me, because Strong Will has been at the wheel. Multitudes of pleasure cruises go merrily on their way, untouched by the power of My hand. But you have put your life into My keeping, and because you are depending on Me for guidance and direction, I shall give it. Move on steadily, and know that the waters that carry you are the waters of My love and My kindness, and I will keep you on the right course. So whether you are beginning a new term or simply trying to make today the greatest day of your life. I wish you ‘bon voyage'.

With best wishes and prayers


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