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The United Benefice of Withington, Sevenhampton with Charlton Abbots, Hawling, Whittington, Dowdeswell and Andoversford, Shipton and Cold Salperton

This month's letter from the clergy


Dear friends,

This year we have had problems with moths in our carpets and clothes which has been a real nuisance. It has all put me in mind of Jesus’ words:

“Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Luke 12:33

It is a sad fact that whatever we possess in this world will either wear out, break or can be stolen. We have certainly had quite a few repairs to do around the house and with cars as well. Even wonderful buildings decay over time and need repairs - as can be seen with the photos of the roof repairs at Whittington Church on our front cover (and we are very grateful to those who have made its to help this work to happen, including a very generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund). And, of course, our bodies can also wear out and break. Jesus encourages us not to make these things our priorities. Elsewhere he tells us to ‘seek first the kingdom of God’. We should invest our lives in the things that please God such as love and kindness, caring for others and not prioritise things that will ultimately not last.

It is very easy to treasure things that we possess, and I do not deny (and neither does God) that there are many beautiful and wonderful things in our world. But we must learn to sit lightly to them, even whilst enjoying them. It is in what we do to make this world a better place and in helping others that we should invest our lives. We are put on this earth to make a difference, and that is something we can all do.

            Yours,    Colin