Gwyneth's June letter

30 May 17

Holidays

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “holiday” is Old English related to Holy Day – and was, long ago, the only time folks would rest up from their daily labours.
June, hopefully, will be a time for “fresh air and fun.” As we look forward to what we hope will be a lovely summer, we have the opportunity to spend time with our families and to go to far and distant lands, or just a different part of England.
We all need refreshment from the daily grind or we would all go crazy.
Where is God in all this?  He’s right there.  Jesus used to find time for refreshment, escaping to high mountains or out to sea.  Do you remember the story of the stilling of the storm at sea? (Matthew 8:23 on) and also Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14:22 on). 

Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while.”( From Mark 6)
Sometimes it was the only way Jesus could have some peace from the demanding crowds.  Wherever you go this summer, see if you can find God in his creation – visit churches and sample their worship – but most of all, have a lovely time and come back refreshed.  Who knows, we may have a new vicar soon!
Lord of the Sabbath, teach us to enrich our rest and leisure with reverence and with praise.  (From “All the Glorious Names”)
A holiday prayer for children,
Thank you, God, for holidays
In the lovely summer days,
For our picnics, for our fun,
For our playing in the sun.
Make us good, with smiling faces, so our homes are friendly places
And the helpful things we do
Make all our mothers happy too. (From The Infant Teacher’s Prayer Book)

As we think of our own pleasure this summer, we must also spare a few thoughts for those families involved in the awful atrocity carried out in the city of Manchester recently.  Let us remember in our prayers all those mourning the loss of a loved one, a child, a teenager, a mum or dad, a neighbour or a friend who, sadly, will not be sharing time on holiday with each other – this year or ever.  For all those injured and coping with the trauma of it all, may God comfort them at this awful time and may He keep everyone safe in the days and months to come.  May He give insight to all police and investigators who are seeking out the perpetrators of these terrible crimes and may this period of terror soon come to an end and all peoples everywhere learn to respect and tolerate other people in the world as having the right to live their lives as they wish.


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