Benefice Letter for January

A very Happy New Year to you all! I sincerely hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and really didn’t over indulge! It is so easy to do isn’t it? There is so much yummy food – and drink – and we are often tempted to say ‘Well it is Christmas’ and just eat, drink and be merry! I wonder how many of us are regretting it now and promising that the diet starts tomorrow?

And what about those New Year resolutions? Have you broken yours yet? We all start off with the best intentions but so easily give in to temptation. It can be similar with faith really. When we really need God we can turn to Him and just know that he is there. But when things are going smoothly it is so easy to forget all about God and do our own thing – until things go wrong again.

Thinking back to Christmas - We are all grateful for the gifts we received but I wonder how much we just take for granted without really appreciating the effort of others. I wonder if we can continue to give to those less fortunate than ourselves throughout the year – not necessarily with money but with simple things like a smile, a caring word, a hug or by giving that precious gift of time. Please continue, as the weather gets colder, to think about your elderly neighbours, make sure they are ok and have the basic things they need and take the time to share a cup of tea and a chat – it can make all the difference to those who live alone.

As you will have gathered I am back at work now after my sabbatical! I have some wonderful experiences, which I hope to share with you in the fullness of time – coming back just into Christmas things have been rather busy!!!

If you have got this far down the page – thank you for reading my ramblings once more. Keep warm, have faith in your own commitment to your New Year’s resolutions and keep faith in God, God who loves you and guides you – whether you know it or not!

With much love from the Rectory,

Annie x

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