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Sonia’s February Diary Article January 25, 2019

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.
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February blues

February!  What can one say in favour of February?  Well it’s short. We’ve had Christmas, New Year and the credit card bills.  Term has started, it’s still getting dark at 5ish and the weather is grisly.  Our New Year resolutions are already looking a bit thin, unlike us.

The Church doesn’t do gloomy at this point.  Until February it is the season of Epiphany, the public display of Jesus, Son of God, to the Magi; wise men from the east.  These were not merely Gentiles, non-Jews, but came from outside the Roman Empire which, at that time, was considered very exotic. They represent all of us.

After the Magi, Christians celebrate when the baby Jesus was taken to the Temple in Jerusalem to give thanks for his birth.  An old, devout man called Simeon, guided by the Holy Spirit, took Jesus in his arms and praised God, saying, “Lord, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory of your people Israel.”  Simeon was happy to die, as he had held God’s promised Saviour.  He was completely at peace.  He was confident of his destination and he had fulfilled his life’s ambitions.  He knew, in the words of the lady mystic Julian of Norwich, that “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well”.

You may not feel in the dark days of February that “all shall be well”, but with God everything is possible. If you would like some encouragement, or just someone with whom to explore how God might make all well for you, feel free to give me or The Rev’d Ruth Pyke (848756) a ring.

Many blessings

Sonia Falaschi-Ray

07747 844265