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Vicar's Letter

November 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbours,

A 1024MB Memory Card walks into a bar. The Memory Card spots a piano, sits down at it and starts playing some incredible music. After a number of songs, the Memory Card gets up and the bar goes wild with cheers and applause. The bar owner was incredibly impressed and runs up to the Memory Card and says, "Buddy, you were INCREDIBLE! If you come back tomorrow, I'll split the night's takings with you!" "No can do..." says the Memory Card. "I'm limited to one gig!!!" A man and his family walk into the same bar. The man's youngest child sees a Native American sitting under a sign stating "World's longest memory". The child walks up to the man and decides to see if what the sign says is true. The child asks, "What did you have for breakfast 30 years ago?" The Native American states, "eggs." The child states that the native could have just made that up, and then leaves. Years later, when the child returns with his own family, he sees the same native at the bar. Walking up to the old man man, and using the native american word for hello, he says "how?!" The Native replies, "scrambled!!!" Remembering is something that easily escapes so many of us when we are in front of an examination paper, and is all too present when we have done something wrong. While people with good memories are not well liked in casinos, the stories of our past can help to stop us from repeating some of its mistakes in the future.

The son of the train driver that died as his train was derailed, was eventually healed of the trauma of losing his father, by sitting in his father’s drivers seat and holding the levers that his father would have held when the accident took place. Self talk is a technique used across the sporting spectrum and is based on the knowledge that we become what we spend our time thinking about. Getting painful memories into a better place can help us all. Because there is no difference between bearing a grudge or being a racist, discrimination of any kind only serves to diminish both ourselves as well as the person we are either targeting or ignoring. Many of us have been encouraged to remember a line or two from our Bibles. Both to help us through a difficult patch, and to help us as we give thanks when things have gone well. It’s the same Good Book that provides us with the memory of God’s promises for our ultimate destiny. People may have laughed as they gathered around the graves of Micah and Isaiah, saying ‘So, where is your Messiah now!’ But an old couple called Simeon and Anna remembered God’s promises and stuck with them. They were rewarded not only with meeting Jesus, but by holding in their arms the Creator of the Universe in the form of a child.

Precisely because His much promised first arrival came true we can also rely on the promises that His second coming will happen too. Like those who have prepared for anything, from war to the birth of a child, we too are called to get ready. We do so by care and hospitality, kindness and encouragement. The season of Remembrance is an opportunity to give thanks for the sacrifice made by others for the peace and the stability that we enjoy today. Helping those who have survived conflict also honours the memories of those who didn’t. We always feel better when we are met with appreciation if not thanks, and in the same way God wants us to be as welcoming and hospitable, especially with those we disagree with, as we would wish Him to be with us when we He comes again. It’s then that we discover our True Life in God.

With best wishes and prayers

Bill

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