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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman
 

Dear Friends,

'Never give up hope'

As I write, we have just marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon walk and seen those awe-inspiring photos of our amazing planet taken from the surface of the moon.  In the coverage of this anniversary several commentators made the point that although this was an American initiative , all people around the world were united around this achievement and saw it as '..one great leap for mankind' despite the international differences at the time. This was one of those signs of hope which needs  to be highlighted when we are weighed down by more negative reporting.

We seem to be living at a time when there is much that could disturb us. The crisis that is climate change, the voices of volatile world leaders and the current international tensions, along with our own challenges at home or work could cause us to despair and give up hope! While we can't ignore the challenges before us, we can always point to other situations or initiatives that give us hope in our uncertain world. We ourselves can be signs of hope to others when we play our part in  building up and improving life in the community in which we live.

In that well known passage from the New Testament we are told there are three things that last forever and hope, along with faith and love, are those realities.

Over this summer let us be more hopeful in all that we do, strengthening our hope in what this universe shows us of the wonder and beauty of the created order, which speaks of more wonderful possibilities beyond what we already know!

As one writer put it , “ Every blade of grass, each leaf, each separate petal is an inscription speaking of hope”

God bless you all as you enjoy the wonders of creation this summertime.

 

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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