If there were a collective noun for compassion then ‘brilliance’ is the word to use when celebrating the amazing efforts of so many of our local villagers who gave so much to support the relief response for the hurricane victims in the British Virgin Islands. In a little more than 72 hours enough kit was collected to fill a church – quite literally!
How brilliant that one of our ‘chocolate box churches’ could, with such graciousness open her doors to act as a ‘collection depot’ for the myriad of gifts people brought – from tents and axes to all sorts of clothing, toiletries etc!
And yet so many apologies: ‘We’re so sorry to have made such a mess of your lovely church’ – ‘I do hope you won’t mind us being here?’
Mind! Mess! No, not one bit!!! It showed us what the village church always used to be and still can be…. Yes, a special place of sanctuary way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life but also, and often, a busy place full of activity and purpose in which wonderful (and really quite practical) things happen to bring life and life in all its fullness to those nearby as well as those far off.
On the first Sunday of October each of your village parish churches will celebrate Harvest Festival. Once again we will fill our ancient churches with all sorts of stuff – as well as our prayers, praise and a deepening desire to bring God’s blessing on those we are called to serve at home – and abroad.
Let’s us continue to pray for God’s blessings on our life together and have our hearts warmed by ‘the brilliance of compassion’…