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Monthly Letter FEBRUARY

I have to admit February is not my favourite month of the year!

Although we have passed the shortest day and the mornings and evening daylight is gradually drawing out, it can still be a grey and cold month as we wait for the spring to arrive.

I am always glad February is the shortest month of the year, and we can move on quickly into March. My apologies to those of you who delight in February!

February sees the celebration of Candlemas, when Christians remember the story of Mary and Joseph bringing their new baby Jesus  at 40 days old to the temple to be dedicated to God, as was required by Jewish law.

And in the temple, Mary and Joseph are greeted by a man  named Simeon and a long standing elderly parishioner, Anna. Both have discerned that they will see the Messiah before they die.

Simeon takes Jesus into his arms, and prays,

“Lord, let your servant go in peace, for your Word has been fulfilled.

For my eyes have seen the salvation you have promised to your people.

A light to reveal you to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.”

This child brings hope to for a better future for the whole world.

The light of a candle can make a real difference to our mood during darker days. A lighted candle brings comfort, warmth, and hope through its light. It brings light in the darkness.

Jeremy Vine was talking about how the uncertainty our country faces politically at this time detrimental to mental wellbeing.  Hope for the future is important.

When concerns seem overwhelming, I often light a candle as a way of giving them over to God, and the warmth and light is reassuring.

If February is a difficult month for you, maybe this might help.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it”.

        John 1, verse 14.

Catherine

Revd Catherine Dobson.

Rector, The Coastal Group.