Although it is now February I haven’t as yet had the opportunity of wishing you a Happy New Year. Maybe some of you think that doing this is somewhat ironic, what is happy about the beginning of 2021? We are in yet another lockdown and this wave of the pandemic is much worse than we saw back in March 2020. I don’t think that any of us back then envisaged that we would greet 2021 with massive restrictions as to the way we lead our lives still in place. For some that has meant staying at home for almost 10 months, others were perhaps, able to get out and about a little with the easing of restrictions during the summer. However stoic we feel, these are very testing times. This lockdown sees the added frustration of cold and bleak winter months where the hours of darkness far outweigh the hours of light.
Only last week as the virus intensified and cases of COVID19 escalated the churchwardens, PCC and I had to make the sad decision to once again close the church building for both public worship and private prayer. On one hand this was not an easy decision because our beautiful church was a place of solace but on the other we knew it to be the right decision and that we needed to act by example when asked by the government to stay home and stay safe.
As we begin to receive our vaccinations, as the R number lowers, and admissions to hospital drop, we may be able to gradually rebuild our lives again. However, after experiencing all that has happened during the past months our lives will be changed. We will have to learn to rebuild our communities in new and different ways. Hopefully during this time, we have learnt to be more open and flexible, willing to give new things a try. I’ve certainly had to learn to do church in new ways. I am excited about the future,especially the future of our church in this community, good things lie ahead for us all we just need to hang in there and be patient. Be thankful for what we have.
I was recently sent an email which contained a whole list of things to be thankful for. It made me pause, reflect, sometimes smile but most of all be as the title suggested, thankful. I’ll share with you just a few of the things listed – I am thankful:
For the clothes that fit a little too snug
Because it means I have enough to eat.
For the taxes I pay
Because it means I am employed.
For all the complaining I hear about the government
Because it means I have freedom of speech.
For my huge heating bill
Because it means I am warm.
And most of all, For the alarm that goes off in the early hours
Because it means I am alive.
Each day try to find something you are thankful for and in doing so go into the day in a positive way. I am thankful that God guided me to this place and that I am here in West Kingsdown able to share with you all, through the good and not so good times. And I thank God that he is beside me every hour of every day.
Every Blessing Rev Sarah
The Rector, Reverend Sarah Corry, can be contacted on 01474 852265, or use our contact form.
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