Phyllis' funeral service will be held in Debden Church at 11.00 am
on Friday 16th August.
Please book the date in your diary now! Full details to follow nearer the time.
A letter from the Assistant Curate
‘Take one day at a time’ was a phrase I heard this morning when talking with a good friend in the face of a personal challenge. Indeed, this is a good motto and helps to focus us on the real events in hand, rather than false and often much worse scenarios we think may confront us from our imaginations. Jesus’ teaching gives us this good advice too. Considering worldly worries we are told, ‘do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.’ This is found in Matthew, chapter 6, verse 34 and is one of my favourite bible verses.
On the other hand, we cannot just grapple with issues in life as they arise, just being reactive as it were. We need to lift our heads up, work towards goals and be proactive too. The apostle Paul speaks of this when he teaches the Thessalonians to keep on in the faith and says ‘let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,’ (1 Thessalonians chapter 12 verse 1). He goes on to encourage them to look to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of their faith. We need to get a good balance of dealing with things ‘one day at a time’ while also carefully working towards the priorities and goals we set ourselves in life and not get blown off course and distracted.
As we go into summer, I am sure we are looking forward to a holiday break – even if it is a ‘staycation.’ For those still in education, it will be a time of transition from one year to the next, but for others, the holiday season may well mark the time of an ending and new beginning too, even if just the start of a new season doing the same things. Whatever the summer means for you, it is a good time to ensure we have the right priorities in our lives – just the right balance between addressing the day to day issues that come our way and striving for the things we value and want for our lives.
This summer, may you have a relaxing and refreshing holiday, however you chose to spend it, and be guided every day as you work towards your hopes and dreams in life.
With every blessing,
Revd John Saxon