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February Letter

Dear everyone.

This letter covers a landmark celebration for me- becoming an Octogenarian! The question I ask myself is this: ‘do you feel any different reaching this age?

In many ways I don’t. I certainly get tired quicker, but my mind still feels tremendously active. I’m extremely thankful for that. I also realise that I am very fortunate to be able to do so much. Taking monthly Holy Communion at a residential care home often reminds of this, because many there are younger than myself.

 Our ‘life span’ though does have a limited duration, and we should make the best use of our God-given time and the gifts he has given to us.

There is a temptation sometimes when we get older at times to ‘write ourselves off’ and feel   what we are doing is no longer relevant to the world, its needs, and the needs of those around us.

We can easily fall into a kind of ‘ageism in reverse,’ where we take the attitude of saying to ourselves. ‘I don’t matter’. We have to remember that we always do matter. Everyone of us has a ‘calling to fulfil’. We always have a role at the very least of encouraging and praying for the well- being of all in whom we come into contact, and especially those who do so much for us, and give us their support and help.

John Wesley once said. ‘Lord, let me not live to be useless.’

 The basic question is this: are we willing for God to decide the ways in which we can be most useful in His world? This is important for the prayer life of us all.

Every Blessing,






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