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           From the Vicarage


For anyone connected with education September is a time of new beginnings. The new starters at our primary school look so tiny but they rapidly  gain confidence in their new environment and doubtless so too will those who a couple of months ago were the top class and are now finding their feet in a much larger community, meeting new people and new challenges and opportunities. 

In other families eighteen year olds will be living away from home for the first time, there will be an empty bedroom until Christmas or perhaps even longer if they have gone off travelling the world. 

Of course it is not just in education that we face changes and challenges. For some a move of house or job means new friends, new activities, new ways of living. For others the changes may be sad – the death of a loved one or the breakup of a marriage leads to unlooked for change. And retirement takes away a pattern of life that may have been our routine for forty years. 

At the Leavers service for the Lady Elizabeth Hastings children they each receive a Bible and I suggested they find Psalm 139 and read it. The Psalms reflect so many of our emotions, joy and sorrow, praise and anger- they are all there. That psalm reminds us that God is always there, accompanying us in everything we do and everywhere we go. He knows us even before we are born and the psalmist says ‘I come to the end – I am still with you.’ 

If I take the wings of the morning

and settle in the farthest limits of the sea, 

even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me fast.

If I say ’Surely the darkness shall cover me, 

and the light around me become night,’

Even the darkness is not dark to you;

The night is as bright as the day,

for darkness is as light to you.

May God be with you in whatever changes and challenges you may encounter and may he bear you up and carry you through them to whatever new beginning awaits you.

Every blessing