St Mary the Virgin, Maulden

       The Rector's Letter

Each month the Rector writes an article for the Parish Magazine

One of my favourite carols is “In the bleak midwinter”. It is because I feel that the final verse expresses the meaning of Christmas so beautifully

“What can I give him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;

If I were a wise man I would do my part,

Yet what I can I give him: give my heart”
Many people in our own country and other parts of the world may well be facing a bleak midwinter. We are all affected by the economic down turn seen especially in the increased cost of essentials such as food and fuel. We know that some people on a low income are having to making difficult choices as to how much to spend on eating or heating. Then there is the added pressure on finances as interest rates rise and mortgages become much more expensive.

On the global stage there is the war in Ukraine and other parts of the world too. If all this were not enough there is continued concern about the effect of global warming as we experience heat waves, droughts and flooding.

                All this can make us despair as it often feels overwhelming. Some people have even given up watching the news on television as they find it all so depressing.

                Of course we will get through these difficulties as we got through the pandemic, but it does not make it any easier for us now.

                Maybe the situation we are facing will make us think again about how we should use the world’s resources and how we might live more simply. Perhaps we are consuming too many goods and would do better “to make do and mend”

                This is one of the reasons we are opening our Eco Community hub in the church hall on Wednesdays and Saturdays (see the separate article)

                However bleak this winter might feel, we know that ultimately it is people and not possessions that fulfil us and make us happy.

                At the heart of the Christmas message is love. The love that God showed to us by sending his son into the world so that we might love others too, in the words of the carol “Yet what I can I give him: give my heart”

Christmas brings out the best in each of us. We give and receive presents as a token of our love. We send cards to friends we do not see too often to say that we have not forgotten them. We give to charities that support the poor and homeless.

We are grateful for what we have and the people who love us and with whom we will spend Christmas.

So even though we may have less money to spend this Christmas, we can still have a wonderful time. After all love, laughter and words of kindness cost nothing, but they make the world a better place.

With all good wishes

Lynda Klimas