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Thoughts From The Study

"A Pause For Thought"

by Father Douglas Clarke

Dear Friends


Life is made up in three parts; the past, the present, and the future.


Already this year January has come and gone and we are in February; how quickly time and life moves on.


Looking back to our immediate past we have celebrated two major festivals, Christmas and New Year's Day; both which bought together millions of people across the world.


Christmas Day is spiritual when we recall the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and churches are usually packed out at the 'mid-night' services. This festival lasts for twelve days and every time a Communion service is held.

New Year's Day is when we recall God's wonderful creation of life and the in which we live is celebrated when the clock strikes mid-night; cities often have a display of fireworks to commemorate this.


I began this letter by reminding us of the three parts of life; the past when we recall memories, happy occasions and other times not so; and the present the actions at this time. The future we must leave in God's hands who has given to each of us various gifts to use with him and other people as we pass through life. The key to this and holding it all together is prayer and knowing God's word, particularly this quotation "I am with you always to the end of time" (Matthew 28 vv20.)


With much blessing,

Father Douglas Clarke

Retired priest

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