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Vicar’s message – October/November 2018

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As the heat of summer turns to a reluctant autumn, there is a sense of sadness at
the shortening days and need to reach for the jumpers. Its been the hottest
driest summer since 1976 yet already the memory starts to fade with the onset
of windy, showery weather.
The fields are all harvested and some already starting to be resown. It
seems to have mainly been a decent harvest of the staple crops, with
harvesting happening a couple of weeks earlier than normal, yields down
in some areas but better quality than was feared by some.
So we can hope for bread through the
coming winter at a reasonable price after the grain harvest and give special
thanks to our farmers for all their continual hard work amid the extremes of
weather.
When I lived and worked in Georgia in the former Soviet Union
during the war in the Caucasus, it was at a very difficult time when
there was only a couple of hours electricity a day through the winter
and there were riots as the bread supplies throughout the country ran
low. It really brought home to me how much we take for granted and the
deep truth of Jesus’ prayer: ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. We
need the many blessings of that prayer to guide us through life in its
different unpredictable seasons, from simply being reminded not to
forget “Our Father in heaven” to our constant need to ask “forgive us
our sins” to the glimpses of God’s ‘splendour and majesty’ shared on
earth for us to perceive. We can see deep truths in the beauty of an autumn river
valley morning, the darkening outline of the Welsh hills in a deep blue sunset, the
fellowship of a pint and a chat at the Hub in Clive or Hadnall’s village inn
or simply in the innocent smile of a baby’s face.
There is so much to give thanks to God for, I hope many will feel free to join in the
thanksgivings of this season at our various harvest celebrations across the four villages.
As you drive past a field in its autumn glory, maybe just pause a short while to offer thanks
for all the blessings of the beauty around us and the harvest gathered safely in.
Best wishes,
Paul

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