Vicar's Letter -October 2019

October 2019


As I write this ‘article’, Harvest Thanksgiving is upon us once again - the time of year when we give thanks to God for all that He has so generously given to us - particularly in terms of the food we need for life.  And so we bring to church our bottles and jars and packets as a sign of our thanks.  This is a good thing to do and especially because we give it all to the New Forest Basics Bank (NFBB) to support them in their work of supporting those who are most vulnerable in our community.

I recently visited the NFBB in Lymington and was deeply impressed with their organisation, commitment and vision for the future – it’s just so sad that in the 21st century, in one of the richest countries in the world, their services are required at all!

The opening chapters of the Bible tell us that each of us is made in the image of God.  A God who is creative, generous, resourceful.  St Paul, in his writings, repeatedly reminds us of the God who gives to each of His people unique gifts to be used for the benefit of others and not just ourselves.  

It’s wonderful that at Harvest so many of you do give so generously of your jars and bottles and packets to the church and the needs of the wider community.  As we leave Harvest behind remember also to give of yourselves – your time and talents - and especially all those wonderful unique gifts that God has given to each one of you.  You may not believe it, but you are unique and special - there is no one else like you and there never will be - only you can do what God has planned for you to do – or as Dr Seuss writes;

Today you are you,

that is truer than true.

There is no one alive

who is youer than you!

 As Christians, we are called to discover who that ‘you’ is that God made you to be and to have the courage to offer that you, with all your gifts, to others as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the God who made you you in the first place.