Dear Friends and Neighbours,
It has been so encouraging to witness so many Acts of Random Kindness. Within days Villagers have put together plans to care for vulnerable neighbours of ours. These and the traditional British sense of humour have gone a long way to undermine some of the less charitable aspects of human nature. The Department of Health advice is changing increasingly both in severity and frequency, and in all of this we can only do the best that we can. Caring for others is one of the best antidotes to sadness and we don't have to be running around as if our tails are on fire when doing so.
One of the greatest gifts we have is time and so picking up the phone, writing an email or a letter are simple ways to help others to know that we care for them and helps us to realise that we can add to someone else's day, even if we are unable to leave our homes. Social media has been a huge help in sharing information, making plans for those who may not be in the best place to help themselves and to help to get things into a better perspective.
As shared on FaceBook recently, while a number of us use social media, may I suggest that we keep a weather eye on our neighbours, who don't. If you are unsure what to do if their circumstances change please contact me and together we will try to work something out between us. You will remember that we can only do what we can within the limits of the gifts and talents that we have been given. When we pray we are able to call on the Author of us all to influence the circumstances surrounding our concerns. While prayer may not be answered in the way we might expect it is always answered nevertheless. It's why answered prayer can look so different from what we have requested.
We have a long history of people that have prayed for us through all sorts of difficulties over the centuries, and as I have said before, I never ever met an atheist on a sinking ship! So whether we are busy at work or sitting at home, twenty minutes of prayer for others will help them and often has the impact of providing us with a bit of peace in the midst of the madness in which we find ourselves. Please be be assured of mine for you.
With best wishes and prayers
If you have anything that you would like our village prayer group to pray for please telephone 790088 or