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A Message from Our Vicar – August 2018

        ‘Working as Christ’s presence within the world’

Revd Lynn Boyle

Revd Lynn Boyle

 ‘It is not how much you do but how much love you put into the doing and the sharing with others that is important. Try not to judge people. If you judge others then you are not giving love.’      Mother Teresa

Isn’t it sad that we live in such a judgemental world? There doesn’t seem to be a day goes by where, as humankind, we judge our governments and leaders, our public services, our sportsmen and women, our neighbours, our friends, our work colleagues…, the list goes on and on. Even before people know the true facts of a situation they will make judgement, criticise and lay blame. It has become a modern-day pastime.

I was browsing amongst the books on my bookshelf recently when my eyes fell upon a well-thumbed little book I’ve had for many years, containing the sayings and prayers of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, more recently known as St Teresa of Calcutta, and, as I turned the pages, my eyes settled on the statement above.

I have always found Mother Teresa’s words to be filled with such wisdom – the statements and prayers are short, but their message is huge. In this statement, she reminds us that it is in giving of ourselves in service that is the way to find true love and peace in our lives. Mother Teresa believed that the fruit of love (of Jesus Christ found in others) is service and that the fruit of service is that peace which this world cannot give.

So many people search for peace in their lives without realising that it cannot ever be found in the material, it is to be found within themselves. In this sense, I suppose, we are the masters of our own fate and the peace we most yearn for is within our own making.

Sadly, all too often we look to others to provide the answers, and to fulfil our need for a peaceful life. All too often we blame others for the shortcomings in our own lives which prevent a peaceful existence.

What a wonderful world it would be if everyone were able to put aside the judgemental natures which eat away at inner peace? What a wonderful world we would see, if, instead of criticising everyone could look for a reason to praise. What a wonderful world if we just all looked for the good in everything we encountered. What a wonderful and peace filled world is within all of our grasps.

As we move into the school holidays, with families travelling away for a well-earned rest, many will tell you that they are hoping for a time of peace and quiet – time away from the busy lives they live.

Please join with me to pray for them, that they might find the space and the quiet they crave, and also that they might realise that it is by spending time with God and recognising Him at work in others that true peace can be found. It is in trust in Him alone that we can all achieve that longed for goal.

Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give you.

I do not give to you

as the world gives.    John 14:27

God Bless




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