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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

‘Time, like an ever- rolling, stream
  Bears all its sons away;
  They fly forgotten, as a dream
  Dies at the opening day’

This verse of a well known hymn, based on words from Psalm 90 will again be sung up and down the country as we mark this season of remembrance. Last year we were locked down and very little was allowed to take place, so it is more important than ever that, this year we make a special effort to think about those lives lost and those families devastated as a consequence of war.

During the course of the pandemic the passing of time has been experienced in unusual ways with those familiar milestones approached differently or set aside altogether. Yet we all realise that time waits for no one and we have lived through so much in these strange days. Our hearts go out to those who have grieved for loved ones during these months without being able to celebrate their lives as they would like to have done.

We’ve also all looked on as the last remaining troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan this year, only then to see the former regime once again in control. We quite rightly asked the question ‘what did all that achieve and what a waste of life?’ This is the kind of question we all might ask as we look back over time and see the waters come together covering the course of our work done in times gone by.

The important thing to be clear about is we can only do our best at the time and respond to what are current needs. While we might help shape the future, we cannot control its course and we certainly cannot change the past. For those of us who share the Christian Faith, God calls us to be faithful in His service now and we will only have to answer for what we have done or not done in the present, hopefully carried through in love and with all the wisdom available to us at the time. As they say ‘hindsight is a wonderful thing’!.

We celebrate all those from our community who answered the call to serve this nation and the peoples of the world without knowing what it might mean at the time and who were prepared to give their all in the line of duty.

May God help us to always see the bigger picture and trust that there is far more to the truth of the matter than we can ever know.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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