The Rector Writes - October 2018

"Count your blessings one by one..."

So, goes the old children's song, and it is sound advice.

A famous preacher once said "we are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand."

And while there might be some people for whom that is not true - I know that it is certainly true of me: I find it much easier to remember life's little disappointments (often in ways that are quite out of proportion), than I do the joys that light of the way.

I remember one occasion when I was challenged to write down a hundred blessings that God had put into my life. I was deeply sceptical about whether I would be able to get even halfway to that number, but by the time I had done so, I could easily have gone at least twice as far.

"Count your blessings one by one, it will surprise you what the Lord have done"

By the time you read this, it will almost be time for our Harvest Festivals - Harvest is one of those times that are a natural prompt to remember "what the Lord has done".

But that should not stop there (as worthwhile as it is).

It should lead us to say "thank You" (anything else is just bad manners). But it should also lead us to generous to others too - that is why, for example the harvest gifts we collect go to an excellent day centre for homeless people in Southwark and why throughout the year we support Swanley foodbank.

"Count your blessings one by one, it will surprise you what the Lord has done."

When was the last time you really did that?

How might your life be different if you realised just how kind God is to you?