Rector's Reflections

A Reflection for November


Dear Friends,

Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day, or better known as All Saints Day. The modern celebration of Halloween on the 31st October is now accompanied by spooky fancy dress parties and treats for the children – a far cry from its Christian beginnings!

November brings with it a time of remembrance. All Souls Day, which follows All Saints Day, is a time to remember those friends and family members we have lost. We have had a difficult, and for many distressing, eighteen months, during which many families have been unable to say goodbye to their loved ones in the way they might have wished. You may have taken the opportunity to attend a special service on Sunday 24th October, advertised in last month's magazine. Those who attended the service were invited to give the names of those they wished to be remembered and to light a candle in their memory.

In our hearts and minds we carry the memories of those we love and have lost. We give thanks for them because they are, and always will be, part of our lives. We celebrate them because they have given us a legacy of love, which enriches us. We grieve for them because we are human beings, who struggle with the pain of separation.

However, our sadness is tempered by the hope of everlasting life, through the earth shattering events of Easter. By His rising from the dead, Jesus offers us the prospect of a new and better life, joyfully reunited with our loved ones. We can look forward with hope in our hearts!

On Thursday 11th November, Remembrance Day, we remember those who gave their lives for their country in wartime. Their dearest wish would have been that we could hope for a future free from the suffering and bloodshed of war. There will be a service in Mudford Church and, as usual, the people of Rimpton and Marston Magna join together for their service of Remembrance. This year it will be in Rimpton church. Both services will begin at 10.45 am on Sunday 14th November. All are very welcome to these services.

In some ways this is a sombre time of year, but as life is slowly returning to normal, I hope you will have treasured happy memories of those you love to sustain you.

Richard Gardner