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Vicar's Letter

November 2020

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

November has for many years been a month for remembering. Remembering loved ones who are no longer with us, and for remembering those who have laid down their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy today. Remembering can be helpful and it can be tough at times too. Remembering who we are and our purpose in life can also be a joy, and at other times it too can be tough.

We are made first and foremost to praise God, that three letter spelling of the word LOVE. Loving someone we think a lot of can be one of the most natural things we do in life and is why encouragement is more enjoyable than criticism. Because loving those who are dear to us can be a relatively easy thing to do, loving God is simply a matter of thanking the person that put our loved ones in our lives. It's then that Love becomes more recognisable, more obvious and everything else has a chance of getting into its proper perspective.

The church has struggled whenever people, both inside the church and outside of it, have put it on a pedestal. It has always fallen short, oftentimes people have mistaken church for God Himself. The fact that we make mistakes is something we all know about and is arguably the next most natural thing after breathing. It is for this reason that we are called to encourage rather than judge. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It is amazing the number of people that run off in judgement of another without being in full possession of all of the facts.

Jumping to conclusions is one of the quickest ways of jumping into error. Victims of abuse are often silenced if not silent. On the surface all appears well, if only to maintain some kind of peace in their otherwise troubled lives. We simply cannot know everything that goes on behind closed doors. Nor should we pry. Rather than battering others into who we think they should be, we do well to remember that God made us all, each wonderfully different, so as to enrich the world in which we live.

It is encouraging people, especially in their struggles, that enables them to be the best that they can be. In doing so we honour those who have given their yesterday for our today. VE Day and so many other commemorations are opportunities for us to appreciate each other and the freedoms that everyone should be allowed to enjoy. For all of this we give thanks, to the One Who gave it all.

With best wishes and prayers

Bill

If you have anything that you would like our village prayer group to pray for please telephone 790088 or
email :villageprayers@gmail.com
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