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The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England

Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team


Reverend Carolyn writes....

Expectations are a powerful force in our lives. As the New Year gets underway resolutions have been made, openly or in secret, our dreams for a healthier, fitter or in some way, happier year to come. We expect to be able to change and yet at the same time doubt our inner strength.

The Christmas season reached its climax in our churches on 31st January as we celebrated Candlemas. This simple story is all about expectations. Two elderly people, a man Simeon and a woman Anna, had spent their lives waiting for Jesus to come into the world. They had read the Bible carefully and were just hoping that it would be in their lifetime that he would somehow appear. One Sunday in the huge church in Jerusalem, a young couple slipped in amongst the crowd, carrying a baby newly born. They had come to give thanks to God for their son. Simeon in the power of his expectation, recognized Jesus the world's Saviour. To the surprise of Mary and Joseph, he took Jesus into his arms and with all the pent up longing of his life, declared his joy and thankfulness. He and Anna were content that their resolution had not only been fulfilled but far outpassed.

Expectations are key to our lives. What we most desire is the hidden power of our present and our future. We don't have to be especially different. It's alright to be as we are but it helps to prepare ourselves to expect the best. Jesus has come, His Spirit is with us, with each of us. The Bible says not only that He will come again but that next time, everyone will recognize Him. Now there's a thought!

With my love and prayers,




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