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Message for June 2017

Count Your Blessings!



As a church community and as a nation we have recently been looking back across the years. As a nation we have been remembering the sacrifices of the First World War 100 years ago and as a church community we have recently remembered the faith and commitment of those who built St. David’s Church more than 50 years ago.

A few weeks ago I preached about how blessed by God I feel, to have been born in this country at this point in its history, with all the things I am able to enjoy and too often take for granted:


and many, many more.


Those of you who are historians, or have long memories, will recognise that some of these have a very long history, such as having a stable democracy. However, many of them have only come about in the last 100 years or so and some, such as the health service, benefits and pensions, only came about in living memory.


Spending some time in Tanzania earlier this year has, I am sure, also contributed to my thinking about the blessings I have received, especially when compared to my brothers and sisters living in Tanzania. These thoughts were also highlighted recently when planning the funeral service for a 96 year old lady. I was reflecting on how different her life was from that of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was born before, and lived as a child through, the great depression of the 1930s. She left school to go out to work at the age of 13 putting nearly all of her wages into the family purse. Like many others she earned money by cleaning for other families. Also, like many others of her generation, she shared a house with her in-laws during the war years, when her husband was away in the forces.

She is, I believe, one of the generation of women whose strength and determination saw this nation through some of its most difficult days and to whom we owe such a huge debt.


But in addition to remembering them we should remember that all we have comes from God and offer thanks to God for the thousands of blessings we receive and enjoy. In doing so we should also remember and pray for those who live across the globe in nations that are not as fortunate as we are, and who rely on the help and prayers of those better off than they are.


Reverend Neil Griffiths, June 2017.