From Your Rector

I have always been struck by people who, although they haven’t had an easy life, can always find something for which they are grateful. In other words, they are optimistic and recognise the positive things in life. Listening to people who moan all the time and rarely have anything positive to say is very draining and I often wish they would have a more optimistic attitude and count their blessings. I think we sometimes need to challenge ourselves to make sure we are ‘glass half-full’ people and are thankful for the good things that have come our way. We then become more agreeable as a result.

If we think about it, November has a theme of thanksgiving running through it. On 1st November, All Saints Day, we give thanks for those who have inspired us by their living out of the Christian faith ... life in all its fullness. On November 2nd, All Souls Day, we give thanks for those who have gone before us, especially our own loved ones who nurtured us and loved us. On Remembrance Sunday, we give thanks for those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom. Three special opportunities for giving thanks are offered to us during the month of November.

Most of us have a lot to be thankful for and we need to let that come out and express itself. Whenever I feel a bit down, I try to look at the good things that I enjoy and be grateful for what I have. We have to be careful not to think that it is material things that really satisfy us because it is more about relationships and friendships and the intangibles money can’t buy that make life worthwhile.

May we be a people who count our blessings and ........ give thanks.

Yours ever
Matthew

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