WEST KINGSDOWN, KENT
St EDMUND KING & MARTYR CHURCH

LETTER FROM THE RECTOR

May 2021


As I write this letter, we are fast approaching the 12th April where we enter Step 2 of our roadmap out of COVID and I realise how the little things in life can mean so much. I have a haircut booked for next week and I am over the moon, along with thousands of others, I am sure. Back in December I jokingly said to my hairdresser, ‘Cut it really short, just in case we go into another lockdown’. How glad am I that I did, mind you four months on it’s that long I can almost plat the back. Something that I took for granted just over a year ago has become part of my bucket list. As has a sit down with a Costa Cappuccino!

How much of life do we take, or indeed did we take for granted before this pandemic took hold? I’ve learnt that it’s the little things in life that are beautiful and are truly important. It often takes having something taken away from us that makes us realise what is important and what life is about (and it’s not just about a haircut or a Costa coffee!).

I recently read this poem entitled If I had my life Over written by Erma Bornbeck after she found out she was dying from cancer. Although obviously it has a female slant, I believe it has something to say to each and every one of us, whatever our gender.

“I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”
There would have been more “I love you’s.”
More “I’m sorry’s.”
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute…look at it and really see it…live it and never give it back.
Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don’t worry about who doesn’t like you, who has more, or who’s doing what.
Instead, let’s cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let’s think about what God HAS blessed us with.
And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally.
I hope you all have a blessed day.”

Why is it that we wait until a time of adversity to discover how the little things in life can mean so much? What has God blessed you with? 

Every Blessing Rev’d Sarah


The Rector, Reverend Sarah Corry, can be contacted on 01474 852265, or use our contact form.