July August '18


The Vicar writes…

Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees
Takes off his shoes –
The rest sit around it and pluck blackberries.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh, Book 7, 1857


Summer is here and I write this in the middle of the glorious end of June heatwave! I’m hoping, as I know many people are, that July and August will bring some good weather and some time to relax and enjoy life. We are fortunate to live in a beautiful valley (even more so when the sun is shining) but its very easy to take it all for granted.

Summer gives the perfect opportunity to count our blessings, to recognise God’s handiwork in our glorious countryside and to rejoice in the beauty of God’s creation.

The verse by Elizabeth Barrett Browning above, is a good reminder that God is at the heart of all creation, that heaven is in the midst of us but that we must open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to see it. It is an encouragement for us to metaphorically “take off our shoes” and to treat God’s creation with care and respect. All too often we are willing to reap the fruit of God’s earth without a thought to our creator.

This summer, I pray that we will all have opportunities to rest and enjoy life! I hope that many of your will be able to come for Summer Drinks at the Rectory on Saturday 18th August so that we can enjoy time together. But at the heart of all that we do, let us recognise the presence of God and give thanks for his goodness.


With my prayers and best wishes,

Mother Penny



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