February Letter from Hilda

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What is your desire? What are your hopes for this year?
Psalm 25 begins, ‘To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. …. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.’
Psalm 5:8 says, ‘Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.’
We live in a society where we have to live in relationship with other people and that means we should look out for others. But, society, with all the advertising and demands, not to mention the social media, has made us a very selfish race.
What is your desire, your greatest desire for your life? I often hear people talking about their desire to be happy. But what is happiness?
Most people today long for peace and happiness (at home, at work, in the world) but find it hard to be content with what they have.
Words attributed to St Augustine say, “O God, you have made us for yourself, our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”
Each year I set myself some New Year resolutions – and I’m sure many others do the same. As February comes around how many of our resolutions have we kept. One of my resolutions is to be content with who I am and with what I have.
We have the demands of the world facing us each day, but we are given freewill to choose whether to follow the way of the world or the way of God.
Nothing in life is easy, but when we put aside the worldly desires of our heart we will find peace and rest in our heart and soul.
We may like to immerse ourselves in a book, film or TV programme, enjoying some escapism. But we also have to face the reality of things in our daily lives. Psalm 25 is a prayer to God for both guidance and deliverance from all that afflicts or causes distress. David, the author of many of the Psalms, writes out of his own life experiences. They are full of joy and anger, encouragement and lament, fear and hope.
Can I commend to you to read through the Psalms this year.
As St Augustine says, “O God, you have made us for yourself, our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”
Revd Hilda Isaacson, Priest in Charge, Feb 2016