St Mary the Virgin, Maulden

       The Rector's Letter

Each month the Rector writes an article for the Parish Magazine

                                             November 2021

I have always enjoyed playing word games such as scrabble and boggle. I have also enjoyed winning, but that is only occasionally and a rare occurrence.

The way we use words is important not just for games we play but also in everyday life. Words can make us feel good or cause hurt and pain.

As I was thinking about the importance of Remembrance Sunday I received a small wooden cross in the post from The Royal British Legion. The accompanying leaflet invited me to write something on the cross explaining

” Your words will help us to remember those who served”

I will need to give it some further thought but the first words that came to mind were peace and hope. We all want peace in our world and pray that people will find wiser ways to sort out differences than going to war. We want to “beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks” We want to spend money on tractors not weapons of mass destruction. Ultimately war does not achieve anything good.

We also want to bring a message of hope for our world as we look to the future. Sometimes we despair as we see a beautiful world which war is destroying. It is also destroying many innocent lives too. Yet as Christians we are called to be people of hope. This is not naïve optimism but a hope found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

I began by speaking about the importance of words. One of the greatest and most eloquent preachers of our time, Dr Martin Luther King said this “Jesus affirmed from the cross a higher law. He did not seek to overcome evil with evil. He overcame evil with good. Although crucified by hate, he responded with aggressive love .Generations will rise and fall; men will continue to worship the God of revenge and bow before the altar of retaliation; but ever and again this noble lesson of Calvary will be a nagging reminder that only goodness can drive out evil and only love can conquer hate”

This is our hope as we pray for the peace of the world

The service on Remembrance Sunday is on 14th November at 10.50am at The War memorial

With all good wishes

Lynda Klimas