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Vicar's Letter of the Month  -  May


Reverend Ruth Dawson writes


Dear Friends

My study is actually a conservatory and the large windows face on to my back garden.  As I write this, I’m looking out on the blue tits busily feeding from the seed feeders, the plum tree bursting into pale green leaf and white blossom, the sun shining from a Mediterranean blue sky and all is good.  As I sat down, I sent up an arrow prayer to God thanking him for his wonderful creation.  That arrow prayer got me thinking about how God is everywhere and in everything,  and how you can go to him in prayer anytime, anywhere and about anything.  Yes, we have times dedicated to more lengthy conversation or prayer with God, but you can also pray whilst gardening, walking, cleaning the windows or the car, anything.   Our belief in and fellowship with him is ours all the time.  I remembered that passage from 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

My attitude to life is that my cup is half full rather than half empty, and I believe we have so much to be thankful for, even during difficult times – and we’ve certainly had those in these last fifteen months – the things we should be thankful for outnumber the negative things.  We should pray to God with thankful hearts as Paul tells us in that passage from Thessalonians.  When we have thankful hearts, God turns his heart to us even more.  Think about it – when you’ve done something for someone, and they say to us with sincerity those powerful words “thank you” and that makes you want to do even more for them. 

Praying to God, and being thankful for all his goodness takes our spiritual life to the next level, and even beyond.  It enriches our relationship with God, and shines out from us for all to see.

However, as Rev’d Lissa reminded us last month, let’s not forget those who can find very little to be thankful for, and as we thank God for our blessings, let’s also pray for those whose lives are full of despair and hopelessness, that God may bring them from the darkness into light.

Yours in Christ

Ruth Dawson