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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

'School's out for summer'

As I write, many schools, including our own St Mary's School in Pulborough, are breaking up for the summer holidays. Here in England the month of August is generally regarded as a holiday month, although many continue to work very hard during this time.

The school summer holiday is seen by many as a time  generally to slow down, with many of the usual meetings and engagements not taking place until the start of September. In an increasingly hectic and pressurised weekly routine, it is especially important to have some period in the year when we can break out of the usual cycle of activities and enjoy some 'down time' wherever we choose to spend it.

When we are rushing from one place or thing to another, we can easily miss appreciating what is always around us. As the poet William Henry Davies put it; ' What is this life, if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare...?' Holidays are a great opportunity to do just this and there is so much to see and appreciate.

The word 'holiday ' comes from 'Holy day'; a day set apart for a special purpose;  an important time to set aside. Holidays are now not seen as luxuries but an essential part of the yearly cycle; a crucial opportunity to recharge the batteries and refocus on what is most important in our lives.

In the biblical story of creation, the Sabbath, the day of rest, was the culmination of God's creative activity. ''God saw everything he had made and indeed, it was very good'.' I pray that this month, you will have time to stand and stare at all that is very good wherever each of you will be!



With prayers and blessing to you all

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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