WEST KINGSDOWN, KENT
St EDMUND KING & MARTYR CHURCH

LETTER FROM THE CLERGY

May 2022

I write this letter as we approach Easter, by the time you read it, it will be the beginning of May and post Easter. As I sit at my desk looking out of the window the sun is shining, the daffodils in bloom and the trees coming into bud and full leaf. All looks serene and beautiful; all looks well with the world. Of course, we know that all is not well with the world. We are doing our best to get on with life, to enjoy what we can but we bare scars from the experiences of the past two years, some physical, some psychological. We have become inhibited and wary. We are vulnerable beings, we have fears. We have to relearn not only how to be tactile with one another but when it is the right time to be so. We have to be aware of people’s hesitancies and read each situation with care and love. It’s tough. It’s very tough.

Alongside living with the ongoing virus, we are also having to deal with the economic fall out of the pandemic, with the cost-of-living soring to new heights, our money is not going anywhere near as far as it was. Energy bills, along with the price of petrol and diesel have risen beyond imaging. People are struggling to heat their homes and put food on the table.

If that isn’t enough there is now war in Europe, of which Rev Mandy wrote in last month’s SEKAM.

What next? is a question I have heard asked. The truth is, I don’t know, none of us do. Can things get much worse? We might all have our own opinions on that. I think if we are honest, we know that they could but hope that they won’t. 

God would not want us to wallow in self-pity or in the what-ifs but take life by both hands and enjoy every minute that we have. Find the simple things in each day that can ease the pain of the burdens we carry. Give thanks that we have a roof over our head, clothes that can keep us warm and food to put on the table. Give thanks for voluntary organisations that can help to provide the things that we are no longer able to provide for ourselves. Have courage to ask for help. Immediate answers are not always to be found but to have shared your worries with somebody else can help to ease anxieties.


Don’t pretend life is ‘a bowl of cherries’ or say there are plenty of people worse off than me. That really isn’t the point. Be honest and acknowledge your frailty and in doing so know that you are not alone. 

When life seems to be nothing but pain and worry a question often asked is ‘Where is God in all of this?’ God is at the heart of the pain and suffering and he suffers with us. 

Some words that I often reach for at times of struggle are below

God has not promised
skies always blue,
flower-strewn pathways,
all our lives through;
God has not promised
sun without rain,
joy without sorrow,
peace without pain.

But God has promised
strength for the day,
rest for the labour,
light for the way,
grace for the trials,
help from above,
unfailing sympathy,
undying love.

My prayer is that we can do our best to get on with life, to enjoy what we can, to have courage to speak up when we hurt and to show an abundance of love to one another.


Every blessing,


Rev Sarah


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