January 2020 Magazine Letter
When I was a little girl and living in a village with many thatched cottages, we were fortunate that none received a lightning strike.
Now, we were told, and believed, that if you opened the front and back doors of the cottage, the lightning would go in one door, through the hall and out the other door, and we and the thatched roof would be safe. Mirrors were also covered, and cutlery was put away. Ladies removed their hairpins and everyone knew all would be well.
We believed in old wives’ tales, a lot of which were tried and tested…have you, for example, looked for a dock leaf when stung by a nettle?
Belief and faith are very similar. According to my dictionary, belief means trust or confidence in something or someone. Faith means reliance or trust in something or someone.
As this New Year begins will we step into the months ahead with belief and faith in ourselves, each other, and in God? Will we be helpful, kind, considerate, and aware of the people around us through all the ups and downs of our life, or will we keep our heads down in case we notice something we could do to help someone?
Look out, look up, have faith and believe, God is with us and has faith and belief in us.
Happy New Year,
May God be with us always, and in all ways.