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Vicar's Letter

December 2017

Dear Friends & Neighbours,

Christmas will soon be with us and like last month it is a time for remembering. For the remembering of something past, and again with hope for our future. A time for families, it is also a time for getting together with friends and colleagues. Jesus’ Birthday is one explanation for the season of Christmas. And it is that and so much more. Just like all of us, Jesus was born with a plan.

Our Bibles teach us that we were known even before we were formed in the womb, and that there are great plans for all of us, young or old. Moses was the ripe old age of eighty before he got busy and Abraham’s wife Sarah was either ninety or ninety one when she gave birth to her son.

Now there's a thought. The plan for Jesus was quite simply to rebuild the broken; in body, mind and Spirit. More than this He wants to reunite all of us with our Father in Heaven, along with all who have died and gone before us. Our schools have recently been engaged in exploring different faiths, and their exploration only goes to underline the point made by a guy called Mark Twain. He wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things, cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

Jesus wanted us to remember that we are spiritual or heavenly beings, not just earthly beings. That we have minds and imaginations that can and do take us to some amazing places and activities. From dwelling in caves we have gone to the moon and developed so much more besides. Jesus also reminds us that we have our home in Heaven to look forward to as well as this beautiful corner of the earth that we find ourselves in. He also wants us to enjoy everything and everyone around us while we are here. Not just the people we know, but the people that we don’t know too well also. How many friendships have begun simply because we have found ourselves in new or strange circumstances?

Jesus, God made flesh, was a stranger to the standards of this world and He explains that as we get closer to Him, we too will find that the goals of this world are limited too. Not only this, we will then go on to find that more fun is to be had by building people up and enjoying each other. Pudsey and all that goes on to help Children in Need and so many other charities are classic examples of this very point. So in short, Jesus came to build us up in love so that, having experienced the love of God, we cannot help but go on to build others up in love. If you like, a heavenly game of ‘Pass the Parcel’. So whatever you get to unwrap this Christmas, my prayer is that the love of God is revealed to you too.

With best wishes and prayers

Bill

If you have anything that you would like our village prayer group to pray for please telephone 790088 or
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