From the Manse
Well as we say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in the New Year of 2021 what can we possibly say. It has been a year like no other we can remember. There has been much sadness in our families and communities, but there has been many opportunities to celebrate and realise how amazing our communities really are!
Over Christmas I have seen many charities, such as Kettering Foodbank, receive an unprecedented level of support from those wanting to help. I have seen kindness shown to one another in ways that I have never seen before, and as a family at times, we have been the recipient of some of that sharing.
There has been much excitement on our doorstep during lockdown as we have been given gifts of bread, ice cream and biscuits, through to even bigger things such as a new gazebo, an old Play Station and Xbox, and the list goes on! But what I hope it that in return we too have passed on that generosity to others as well. I am a strong believer in the idea that ‘giving, breeds giving’!
The Bible says:
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.
(2 Corinthians 9 vs 6-8)
For me, giving isn’t about the monetary value, but about the motivation of your heart. Giving our time, our love and friendship, costs nothing. So, as we move into the New Year be reminded of the generosity we have seen, and be motived to keep giving as we journey through 2021 in whatever way you can!
Rev’d. Helen Wakefield-Carr