Rector’s Letter

GOODNESS ME, FEB ALREADY! with Christmas a distant memory, and the wise men having returned by another way.

Have you found another way for this year?  I long ago gave up on New Year resolutions because I was just repeating the same one I failed to achieve the year before and the year before that and the year before that……..however this year I thought I’d try another way.

2017 will be the year of the de-clutter…..But I’m only staring small, just focusing on one room only……the one that I use as my study, the spare bedroom and the depository for all the things that should have been thrown out but might come in useful. I should think it will take me the best part of the year to achieve this de-clutter but I hold a vision of how it will be and that is what keeps me going.

By Feb we have entered the depths of winter, the month most likely for snow as the last vestiges of warmth stored in the ground from last years  summer have been totally exhausted.  By Feb we have already become fed up with the cold, by Feb, life can feel grim.  Feb may describe where our lives are at, as life becomes an increasing struggle for some, while for others important exams are rushing closer at accelerating speed.

But Feb is also the season of hope….nights and mornings are becoming lighter, the first flowers to herald spring, the snowdrops, are in bloom and we are reminded that spring always follows winter.

The words of this Inuit blessing capture the spirit of February:

May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house.  May the great Spirit Bless all who enter there. May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows.  And may the Rainbow always touch your shoulder.  Amen

Margaret Lee