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Monthly letter from the Clergy
This months letter is from Revd. Angela Lynas
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!
As we stand at the beginning of the ‘20’s, I wonder what thoughts have been going through your mind during the past few weeks since the clock struck midnight at the end of December? Perhaps asking yourself what the future holds or maybe only having time to put up a new calendar.
This next decade of our lives will, of course, be determined as much by what we make of it, as by what happens to us in life. We cannot control the latter but we can determine how we react and respond when faced with difficult situations.
It was only a few weeks ago we were singing the carol that includes the line ‘hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight’. Who doesn’t have hopes and fears? And who is going to meet yours and walk with you in this New Year and beyond?
Unless we are born ‘movers and shakers’ we will probably do what we can to stay within our comfort zones, familiar routines and traditions. So life may not be much different in the next ten years to what it has been, unless change is forced on us. There’s a saying that if we keep on doing what we have always done, we will keep on getting what we have always got. It is up to us whether we want to be content with life as it is or what it could be.
It’s a great time to look at what we could achieve in our own lives or in the lives of others, if we really consider the skills we’ve been given and how we can use them to achieve our full potential. It doesn’t have to be dramatic or amazing. We can start in a small way.
If you are a good listener, it could simply be a phone call to a family member or someone we know in the village who lives alone or is worried about something. If we have practical or IT skills, maybe we could help someone who cannot afford a call-out, to fix something that would be easy for one of us to do? People already help others in this way and I am sure a few more would be much appreciated.
Our tendency to spend a lot of time looking after our own interests sometimes gets in the way of reaching beyond, to the needs of others. We often hear the words ‘charity begins at home’ or ‘my contribution isn’t going to make much of a difference’. Yet it could make a big difference in the lives of people we decide to help and when this happens around us, it’s always inspiring.
So as we face the year ahead and its challenges, we can ask God to help us enjoy the life given to us and the interests we are passionate about to the full, as well as thinking about how we can help others to make the best of their life and enjoy it too.
With every good wish for the 2020’s