October '18


The Vicar writes…

We are just entering into the time of year when all things change. The leaves are changing on the trees, the weather has grown colder, much of the Harvest has been gathered in and signs of Christmas are even appearing in the shops!

Things are constantly changing, yet most human beings don’t find change easy! We get comfortable with the way things are and uneasy when things are different. Often change brings great joy and increased hope but sometimes it brings uneasiness and even pain. We all go through times of change – whether for ourselves, in our families, in our communities and in our churches. But change is part of growing and part of being alive. If we are not changing, we cannot be alive – I don’t know much about science, but I know that that would be impossible.

The leaves on the trees falling to grow new ones in due time remind us of the constant new beginnings that we are given, even if they are sometimes preceded by a difficult time of bareness and waiting. It is the great promise of the Christian faith that in time the things that change will pass away and we will inherit that which is eternal in God.

And so amidst all of the changes and chance of this life, as the BCP collect says, God never changes and we may rest in his eternal changelessness. God’s love is constant and consistent despite anything that is going on around us. We are to recognise it for ourselves and share it with others.

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13)

With my prayers and best wishes,

Mother Penny



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