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The Vicar's Monthly Message


Dear Friends,

October in the church is traditionally a time where we celebrate harvest festival; a time to give thanks for the gifts of the earth, for all those who work the land and for the many who contribute to the growth and production of our food. Details of our harvest festival in this Parish are in this issue. It is also a festival where traditionally food — or other — gifts are given to help others. It is inevitable that as we give thanks for the gifts that harvest time brings, we think more widely about the different type of gifts that we can offer. I enjoy preaching at harvest because the metaphor of reaping and sowing is important to us as we consider our relationships and how we treat one another.

There are many things which make us unique and one of these things is the way we are gifted. Some of us musically, some in sport, others in writing ... and so on. These are the qualities or values which we can all share and which build up others and the communities in which we live and work. I believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give others is kindness. It is perhaps undervalued, sadly at times under used, but when offered can make a huge difference in our world.

Kindness is described in the dictionary as ‘the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate’ and is considered a virtue or a value — but it is also a gift. It sounds simplistic and to some degree it is. Kindness, thoughtfulness, consideration, won’t solve all the issues and problems that we face, but they have effects, ripple effects. Kindness isn’t fluffy or just ‘niceness’. Kindness is intentional, thoughtful and powerful and can be challenging as well as comforting. St Basil who lived some 1,700 years ago said ‘he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love’.

The harvest image of sowing and reaping is immensely powerful as we consider how our actions and choices affect others. The seeds we sow, however small, grow and affect others, in the same way the actions and words of others affect us. The Bible also says that kindness is one of the qualities we should clothe ourselves in — this takes it a step further, suggesting that kindness should be something that others see clearly in us, not something we choose to show on occasion. This harvest time let us use our gifts for the good of others, to build and strengthen our relationships and communities, and offer words and acts of kindness as often as we can.

With every blessing this Harvest,



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