View from the Vicarage
As I write this month, our community is reeling from the tragic sudden death of David Hoyle- much loved husband, father, son, brother and friend to so many in our villages and across the world, taken from us far too early. Our love and prayers go out to Marceline, Henry, Kate, Emily and all their family at this most difficult time.
It is so hard for all of us to deal with any death that seems so untimely, whether because of an accident, violence or illness. We are surrounded by so much sadness and loss. But I’m sure you have been as heartened as I have by the outpouring of love for Marceline and her family in the days following David’s awful accident. The family have been surrounded by friends, family, food and drink, flowers, cards, donations of money- the list could go on. We are truly blessed to live in such caring and loving communities which rally round when the going gets tough. I have seen this happen on many occasions, and I know villagers will continue to support all those living and working around them in times to come.
That’s where God is, in the midst of our sorrow as well as our joy, in our laughter as well as our pain. Because God promises to travel alongside us through all those ups and downs; through the twists and turns in life that we all experience. And that’s what we are each called to emulate as we share life with those around us, trusting God’s love which Jesus promised will surround and strengthen us through our lives and through our deaths.
So as we approach those balmy summer days (!!?) that lie just round the corner, I pray that you may all experience God’s peace, be energised by His love, and get a chance to recharge your batteries afresh, as we journey on with one another in the weeks and months ahead.