Message from your Rector

The Missing Five Pound Note
George worked for the Post Office and his job was to process all the post that had illegible addresses. One day just before Christmas, a letter landed on his desk simply addressed in shaky handwriting: ‘To God’. With no other clue on the envelope, George opened the letter and read:
Dear God,
I am an 93 year old widow living on the State pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had £100 in it, which was all the money I had in the world and no pension due until after Christmas. Next week is Christmas and I had invited two of my friends over for Christmas lunch. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. God; can you please help me?
George was really touched, and being kind hearted, he put a copy of the letter up on the staff notice board at the main Fareham sorting office where he worked. The letter touched the other postmen and they all dug into their pockets and had a whip round. Between them they raised £95. Using an officially franked Post Office envelope, they sent the cash on to the old lady, and for the rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of the nice thing they had done.
Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter simply addressed to ‘God’ landed in the Sorting Office. Many of the postmen gathered around while George opened the letter. It read,
Dear God,
How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your generosity, I was able to provide a lovely lunch for my friends. We had a very nice day, and I told my friends of your wonderful gift – in fact we haven’t got over it and even our parish priest, is beside himself with joy.
By the way, there was £5 missing. I think it must have been those thieving fellows at the Post Office.
So often God answers our prayers through other people and we don’t realise it.
And maybe, occasionally, he might well answer other people’s prayers through us!
A very happy Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2019.
Rev Kathryn
01785 822820

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