- St Peter's Rectory
- Byers Green
- Co Durham
- DL16 7NL
Monthly Letter from Priest in Charge
As I write this the people of the Caribbean and parts of mainland America are very much in my thoughts and prayers as hurricanes and earthquakes continue to wreak havoc. So many communities have been destroyed, so many people have lost everything and it is hard to know how some of the islands can ever recover. I cannot imagine what it must be like for those who have suffered and those who are still faced with the enormous task of bringing relief and, in the months ahead, organizing the clear up operations.
Yet in the midst of it all there have been stories of great courage and stoicism; of individuals offering help to others, even when they themselves were facing disaster. The human spirit can really rise to the occasion when needed and yet it is all too easy to grumble and moan about much less significant problems in our own lives. I know that I can and the natural disasters have helped me to put these problems into perspective and to count my blessings. And our blessings are many. Above all, through the death and resurrection of Jesus we have God’s forgiveness for our wrongdoing and, through the Holy Spirit, we can find peace and joy even in the most challenging of circumstances.
It is hard to know how we can best help those who have been greatly affected by the hurricanes and earthquakes, though I am sure there will be calls for financial aid. As Christians we can also pray – and go on praying - long after the communities affected have dropped out of the news.
With every blessing
Rev Caroline Friswell