Monthly letter from the Clergy
March 2017 This months letter is from our Rector, Rev Jenny Gray
I love candles in church. Even if I’m on my own I light a candle to remind me of God’s light/love which the world’s darkness cannot put out. I need reminding because the world seems very dark, with news from America, Brexit, Syria and acts of terrorism alongside friends and family members facing major change or loss. It’s easy to get depressed and wonder where God is in all the gloom... but faith says God is with us in the darkness, inviting us to meet each dispiriting situation head-on with acts of love*.
One candle in the darkness doesn’t give much light but each candle makes a difference. Together we do more than we think. Noticing a neighbour in need, contributing to a Food Bank, buying Fair Trade goods, joining a campaign for justice or the environment, speaking out against any kind of wrong, praying for others and for ourselves changes lives for good. We lighten the darkness each time we listen deeply to someone’s concerns, put ourselves in the shoes of people we disagree with or dislike, make the first move to smooth over difficulties, reach out to people in trouble. Small, simple, kindly acts show someone they matter to us and to God... where people feel they don’t matter anti-social behaviour, extremism and terrorism grow.
The Church season of Lent (Ash Wednesday to Easter) calls us to hold on to God’s light/love and do all we can to share His light/love with others. The large Lent crosses outside our village churches remind us of God’s help in the challenges and choices we face day by day – explanation of the crosses, Lent services and courses are in this Parish News.
Walking in the dark is difficult and scary. Jesus shows us a different, safer but demanding. In the words of Amnesty International and J. F. Kennedy, *‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’...
Let your light shine:
‘I have discovered love has an identical
twin; kindness...loving my neighbour requires no forced emotion, no contortions
of pretending I like them when I don’t.
If the doh-re-mi of loving is the exercise of kindness, the whole thing
becomes immediately less complicated.’