May Pastoral Letter

Dear Friends,

I usually resist the temptation to watch day time television, but on the odd occasion when I succumb, I can’t help but notice the plethora of adverts for charities of one kind or another. These appeals are all for good works but the sheer volume of them can overwhelm even the most generous of folk and induce something of a “sympathy bypass.”

Having said the above, I am about to do just that and “advertise” a good cause!! May is the month in which Christian Aid Week (12th – 18th) falls and this gives us another opportunity to enhance the circumstances of some of the neediest people on the planet as we contribute (as we are able) to this very worthy cause. I extend my grateful thanks to all who help in any way towards Christian Aid.

Kindness to others is at the heart of the message of both Old and New Testaments. Jeremiah reminded his people,
“The Lord exercises kindness and delights in it.” (Jer 9:24)

Jesus in the parable of the ‘sheep and the goats’ finishes by telling his listeners,
“Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers and sisters you did for me.” (Matt 25:40)

We show genuine Christian love when we show kindness to others, not only by supporting Christian Aid but as we go about our daily lives. That is how the Kingdom of God will prevail – by kindness.

“And deep this thought impressed my mind,
  through all His works abroad,
  the heart benevolent and kind
  the most resembles God.” (Robert Burns 1759-96 “A Winter’s Night)