Hello, I am trying to get back on track this month. I hope this news letter finds you well and keeping cheerful. January is always a tough month at the best of times and particularly at the moment with so much sadness and fear in people’s lives. The statistics that are published every day of people who have died from the virus are truly staggering and very, very sad for all the families, who have lost their loved ones. It would be wonderful to hear the statistics of all those who have tested positive, but have recovered. I think so much fear is stirred up by the media. I try to listen to the scientists and doctors and not all these other people’s opinions. I pray for the Government every day, obviously they would/should have done some things differently in hindsight. I certainly would not want to do their job knowing that every decision they have made could cost people’s lives and jobs. We must all play our part and keep following the rules to keep as safe as is possible, but at the same time not be fearful of going out for walks and chatting with people from a safe distance and enjoying life as best as we can. We have been blessed beyond measure in so many ways, for this we should be thankful.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL DURING THESE
Better days are coming! I have noted that the mornings and evenings are drawing out and the birds are starting to sing. This weekend is the R.S.P.B Annual Bird Watch weekend. We have personally been cheered by the amount of birds that seem to have returned to our garden this past week. It is such a delight to see them, and watch as they dart around looking for food, so busy! The Blue Tits and Great Tits are inspecting the bird boxes in our garden. We are hopeful that they may nest this year. In our garden we are blessed to see Blue Tits, Great Tits, Longtail Tits, Sparrows, Robins, Blackbirds and tiny Wrens. We also have lots of Wood Pigeon’s and Collared Doves, Starlings, Jackdaws, Magpies, The Heron occasionally visits to try and catch our goldfish and has succeeded in the past.. Our Snowdrops are coming into flower and we have got Polyanthus that have been flowering all year and bring some colour into our garden. Allan and I feel so blessed that we are surrounded by such good and wonderful things from nature and location. We always try to be mindful for those who are shut away with no windows or a way to go outside easily, just to breathe fresh air. What privileges we just take for granted.
DON’T OBSESS OVER THE FUTURE
‘Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ Matthew 6:34 TLB
Psychologists reckon that about 95 per cent of all we worry about never happens. What about the other 5 per cent? Four out of five times things turn out better than we anticipated, including a lot of outright blessings! In the end, only 1 per cent of all the bad we think might happen actually does, and of this it’s rarely as bad as we feared. That’s why Jesus said, Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.’ The apostle Peter gives us the right perspective to live by in these words: ‘Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully’ (1 Peter 5:7 AMPC) So the word for today is – don’t obsess over the future.
Like Reading Books?
If you enjoy reading, don’t forget to visit the old red phone box along Western Road. It is full of books with a great variety to choose from. Just help yourself. We have Andrew Bugg to thank for this. He keeps a close eye on the box and updates it with new books which have been donated. On occasions when the weather is good, mostly on Saturday’s Andrew will put out a table at the front of his house in the Broadway with all sorts of books for every age. Andrew who is one of our Parish Councillors has worked very hard over this past year serving this community. We need to be very thankful that so many people here in our village do all they can to help one another. You may know of others, that are helping you or someone you know, perhaps you might like to nominate someone and write a little note to be added to next months news letter to say thank you.
Let’s Keep Shining
Keep me shining, Lord, keep me shining, Lord in all I say and do. That the world may see Christ lives in me, and learns to love him too.
The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knows those who take refuge in him.
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