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The Lambfold Benefice

A group of five Anglican rural parishes

in the geographical centre of England

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Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team

SEPTEMBER 2014

"Mind the Gap" - how often have train travellers heard those words. Yet on Perth station in Western Australia, the accident behind the warning happened quite suddenly. A man boarding a busy train and standing in the doorway, slipped down the gap, trapping his leg up to his thigh between the platform and the train. Quick thinking passengers and railway staff came to the rescue. Commuters joined forces to tilt the 90 ton train just enough to enable the man to be pulled free. He walked away, his leg uninjured. Pictures of the power of collective action were sent worldwide, hopeful images of what can be done when we pull together.

The news during these summer holiday months has been heart breaking. Reports of tragedies in many countries have prompted calls for us to donate to those who can offer help in feeding families and victims of persecution. But I think we can feel a certain helplessness as we read of people caught in situations that we would do anything to avoid. Being trapped in the gap between governments and those who seek to undermine them often involves the most vulnerable.

In the face of acts of violence perhaps we can think of coming together in acts of goodness. Of course most of these are done in secret and are known only by those who receive them and by God Himself. But joining with others in a common cause can produce in us strength and satisfaction that we hardly recognize. The gap between ourselves and others can be made smaller if we mind enough to do something about it. Any ideas?

Love and prayers,

Carolyn
Rector

PS. My monthly times in the village halls will be cancelled in September as I shall be away from 7th September until the 28th. However I shall be in the village halls from 12.00 p.m. until 2.00 p.m. in the following villages:-
Adstone on Tuesday October 7th and Litchborough on Tuesday October 21st.
If you want to talk in confidence with me, I will be pleased to see you.
C.




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