Parish Letter

February

OH BLIMEY!!!

Who would have thought that those slivers of Christmas cake, the two bottles glasses of Bailey’s and a couple of chocolates could have such a devastating effect on my waistline!!!! ……………What mince pies and mulled wine??????

Who am I trying to kid!

Of course the slivers of Christmas cake were more like slabs, it really was two bottles of Bailey’s (over a period of time and shared with family – a little anyway – I hasten to add) and who can resist chocolates when they are looking up at you saying ‘eat me’. Let’s not mention mince pies and mulled wine!

This has made me realise that it really is easy to kid ourselves ……………..which got me thinking.

How much do we kid ourselves that we are being really good Christians? Yes we go to church regularly, and we do our bit – and some of those who say “you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian” do have a point – but could we all do a little better?? I know I most certainly could.

It’s the little things that make a difference to other people’s lives and demonstrate our Christian ethos. Could we pick up the phone a little more often to talk to someone who doesn’t get out much; or better still, could we call in on them to see how they are; could we offer a lift somewhere? Do you have a little time on your hands with which to volunteer; could you join one of the rotas available in church? There are no end of ways that we can all do just that little bit extra to bring light into the darkness of other people’s lives. Please give this some serious thought.

I was blown away when someone told me that their New Year’s Resolution was to do an act of kindness every day ……….NO KIDDING!

Jud Charlesworth
Churchwarden
Hampsthwaite

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5 v 16