A QUES­TION OF FAITH

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

With Peter Bolton of the Hope Com­mu­nity Church IT is that time of the year, when up and down the land har­vest is be­ing cel­e­brated. It is an im­por­tant fes­ti­val, for a cou­ple of rea­sons.

Firstly it is a good op­por­tu­nity to give to other peo­ple. I re­mem­ber in the mid 1990s in the church I was serv­ing we col­lected par­tic­u­lar food and sent it to those in need in Ro­ma­nia. The lo­cal schools also made col­lec­tions and we got them all to­gether for the or­gan­i­sa­tion to come and col­lect them and trans­port them to Ro­ma­nia. To­day many peo­ple bring tin food etc and many donate this food to foodbank who seek to help peo­ple in this coun­try and in our own lo­cal­ity.

But, sec­ondly I think har­vests are im­por­tant be­cause they are a time when we stop and say thank you to God for all He has given us. Be­ing thank­ful should be a more im­por­tant part of our lives. It helps to en­cour­age peo­ple, who have acted in a kind way, it also helps us from be­ing too in­ward look­ing, be­ing self­ish. It causes us to see the good in oth­ers and ac­knowl­edge that. It can also be con­ta­gious. I found my­self in a long line of slow mov­ing traf­fic re­cently and some­one wanted to join the queue, so I waved and let them come in front of me. They thanked me and fur­ther down the road they did the same they let an­other per­son join the queue.

I re­cently was look­ing over some photographs I took in In­dia where I visit ev­ery year. I looked again at the ‘houses’ peo­ple lived in, a place made from cor­ru­gated sheet­ing and tar­pau­lin. The lit­tle food they had, no clean wa­ter, lit­tle ac­cess to med­i­cal care. We may com­plain about things in this coun­try, but when we con­sider what we have we need to be grate­ful for all we have. Again, an at­ti­tude of thanks­giv­ing de­liv­ers us from be­ing un­grate­ful and sadly an at­ti­tude of be­ing un­grate­ful doesn’t build peo­ple up, as be­ing thank­ful does. There is a lovely story in the Bible of ten lep­ers that came to Je­sus and wanted to be healed. Je­sus told them to go to the priest and on their way their skin was healed. Yet only one came back to Je­sus to say thank you for heal­ing him.

To­day why not pause for a mo­ment in the busi­ness of life and give thanks to God for all He has blessed us with, friends, fam­ily, food, homes, safety and the list could go on. We need to de­velop an at­ti­tude of thank­ful­ness. Es­pe­cially re­mem­ber­ing that the God of all cre­ation, loves us and wants us to get to know Him and when we do we have even more to give thanks for.

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