Reverend Robert S Thewsey MA

Reflections from the Rectory

Dear Friends

Cold, wet, dreary, drizzly, dismal, windy March – where has all the sun disappeared to?  But at Dunsden in January there were two beautiful daffodils flowering their hearts out at the bottom of a hedge to remind us all that Spring was really coming, and then a magnificent display of Snowdrops in all three church yards during February – what a blessing.

2019 will see many changes in the church and especially in the world – Brexit to name one, but I am not going to talk about that!!  When I look at change in the world, and the church, I am reminded of a poem that one of my congregation members shared with me when she was moving away from the parish to pastures new.

The Indispensable Man (or woman) …by Saxon White Kessinger

Sometime, when you’re feeling important
Sometime, when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime, when you take it for granted
That you’re the best qualified in the room
Sometime, when you feel that you’re going
would leave an unfillable hole
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how it humbles your soul

Take a bucket and fill it with water
Put your hand in it up to the wrist
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is the measure of how you’ll be missed.
The moral in this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can
Be proud of yourself but remember

The poem does make you think.  None of us are indispensable, none of us are irreplaceable – we are all in this together and we cannot build God’s Kingdom on our own.  We need the support of everybody so that we can truly become a Compassionate, Courageous and Contemplative Church in this lovely part of England.

Yours in Christ