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The Lambfold Benefice

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Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team

MARCH 2015

Reverend Carolyn writes..

As I begin my letter to you this month, hazy sunshine is breaking through a grey, cloudy sky. How we long for brightness at this time of year. Our churches met together on Ash Wednesday this week to prepare for Lent, a time when we try to be more aware of ourselves and to change the things that we know let us down.

One of the things that I think is most difficult, is to accept those people who in looks or ways are most unlike ourselves. We can see this in the newspapers from the Chelsea fans who pushed someone off a train because of the colour of his skin, to those who persist in this country and throughout Europe in stigmatising those born as Jews. In our personal lives there are all sorts of things that we find difficult to accept as well. Sometimes outward things like dress or ways of acting or speaking that we can find irritating. And of course we only ever see the outside of each other. The innermost secrets of our hearts are usually shared if ever, with those who are closest to us. Quite often when I take funerals, even family members have little or no information about those they have known all of their lives.

But just like the sun breaking through in winter, so we are warmed by those who spread love and acceptance among us. I know several who are a constant inspiration to me - those who welcome others as friends with affectionate concern. Young and old we all like to be with those people and we all feel better for their company. Perhaps we can encourage one another to spread that warmth, and give some lighthearted pleasure as we brace ourselves against the winter winds of March.

With love and prayers,

Carolyn




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