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Dear Friends,

Have you ever noticed that when things go wrong in our lives - rarely is it just one thing but often several things seem to go awry all at once? We can enjoy long periods of time when all is well and we feel ourselves to be very blessed, sometimes we even begin to think - 'this can't last!' and sure enough it doesn't. William Shakespeare recognised this and wrote in the play 'Hamlet' 'When sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions'. How true!

Life taking a difficult turn is something that, to me is as though a dumper truck has arrived outside the house, it offloads lots of black slurry, seemingly endlessly and, just when I think 'thank goodness it's stopped' I find it hasn't, it tips again and another continual load pours out. I hope that there are some amongst you who have no idea what I'm talking about but I know, that there are some of you who know, all to well, what it is to see the dreaded dumper truck draw up outside! And believe me vicars and licensed ministers of the church are by no means immune to this, our lives follow pretty much the same pattern as everyone else's!

When the dumper truck arrives we can feel emotionally and mentally completely at sea and I expect that this may be why the hymn 'Will your anchor hold' has been going around in my own head recently: Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, When the clouds unfold their wings of strife? When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

The hymn goes on to remind us that: We have an anchor that keeps the soul, Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.

How very, very, true this is too and so I simply share with you now some words of assurance that can keep us afloat when 'the tempests rage and the wild winds blow'

"I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” John 16:33

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."Isaiah 41.10

"Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:8

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”' John 8:12

"To you O Lord I lift up my soul, O my God in you I trust'. Psalm 25 "God did not say you will not be tempest-tossed, God said, "You will not be overcome." Julian of Norwich.

To those of you who are feeling tempest-tossed at the moment, 'be strong, take heart and wait for the Lord' (Psalm 27:1)

Revd Sian