Letter from our Vicar

Letter from our Team of Clergy and Readers -August 2018(Continued from Home Page)

.....In September Chris, my wife, and I will be flying to Crete, being able to take advantage of the cheaper prices that are on offer once the schools have gone back after the summer break. Some good friends who, like us, enjoy Portugal have been looking at the weather forecast, only to find out that we have been enjoying temperatures 2 or 3 degrees higher than in Albufeira. We may feel miffed at paying to go off and seek the sunshine but at least we can be certain of lots of it in Crete or Portugal.

Summer is often a time for relaxation, rest, holidays, and the chance to do things outside. It’s also a good chance to get the work/life balance back into equilibrium, but do we always take the opportunity to do that? One of the good things about summer is that many clubs and societies ‘close down’ for a month or so, and lots of organisations temporarily cancel their regular meetings.

So what does August, and summer-time, hold for you this year? Perhaps it’s an opportunity to spend less time hunched up constantly staring at the screens on our tablets, phones, or whatever. Maybe it’s a chance to enjoy an evening in, or visiting friends, rather than having tea and rushing out to yet another evening meeting.

Summer, and holidays, are a great time to connect with those around us, whether a spouse, family or friends. There are many couples leading busy lives who go away on holiday needing to have issues discussed, bonds built or even wounds healed. Let’s change our focus, engage with real people and connect with each other instead. And maybe we can give our minds a rest by catching up with that book we’ve been intending to read for so long.

Just one more thought. As one translation records the story of creation:

“Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail. By the seventh day God had finished his work. On the seventh day he rested from all his work.”

For those of us who would regard ourselves as Christians, created in the image of God, we ought to realise that if God needed to rest after working, so we too should take advantage of the possibility summer gives for us to rest.

So, have a peaceful, relaxing, and refreshing summer, as you take time to re-connect with your spouse, family and friends, and perhaps also with God.

Mike Campbell.