This morning Mike and I received a letter from our grandson Charlie. It said: ‘To Papa and Adabee, (that’s what he calls us) can I have a sleepover at Christmas. from Charlie’.
It was the first letter we have received from him and we opened it carefully – we could tell he had written it as the writing on the envelope had a wobbly quality to it. It was a precious moment to be honest and we were both rather lifted from receiving it. The question he asked tugged at the heart-strings too! Short and sweet it was.
It won’t be easy to give him an answer – something like, ‘We would love to have you to sleepover at Christmas but we will have to wait and see. Let’s hope that we can.’
Everything this year has been different pretty much and I expect Christmas will be too as will our other special services and the way that we celebrate events.
This year harvest is happening this Sunday (4th October) and we have to ask for canned and packaged food only and won’t be having the church decorated either in the usual way. Everything might seem to be stripped back and a bit bare, although if we look outside into our gardens and parks we can experience that autumnal nip in the air and the trees and shrubs that are showing the changing colours of the season, there is a richness in each of the seasons. In the vicarage the harvest of cooking apples has been rather splendid – so much so that plenty have been shared with folk at Christ Church on a Sunday morning and we still have loads! So, if you could manage half a dozen, let me know – happy to deliver! (really).
As we deal with on-going uncertainty over the autumn and winter months let us uphold one another in prayer and if it feels right to you, just drop a line to someone you may not have seen for a while, or give them a call or an email – I know getting that letter from Charlie cheered up myself and Mike. Little things can mean a lot, especially in these difficult times.
I close with our Bible verse for this year: Philippians 4.6: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. It is still so relevant to our current times. Take care everyone and keep well and safe.
God bless you,
Revd Gerri Tetzlaff