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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

18 August 2010: Linda Clist, St Mary Magdalen, Sheet

“Trouble is, we’re like squirrels!”

My friend was on the phone last week, giving me the latest on their Big Move – from Brussels to East Hampshire. They’ve lived over there for years and now they’re facing the question we all dread: what to take and what to throw?!

Meanwhile, we’re in the middle of work for our own move, though ours isn’t so impressive: we’re only going from Liphook to Petersfield. Still, we’ve lived in this house for 29 years, so sorting our ‘stuff’ isn’t easy!

We’ve made endless trips to the charity shops and the dump and there’s still lots to do. We haven’t even started on the books…

Deciding what to hold onto and what to throw is never easy. (My father’s favourite phrase was ‘It might come in’!) We feel guilty about presents we don’t really like ... We dread chucking something and then regretting it. So: what do we need and what do we throw?

When it comes to our own stuff, we have to decide for ourselves. But when it comes to life in general, the Bible has answers for all of us:

“Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good.”
“Do not worry about tomorrow… There is no need ”!

As we wait with bated breath to hear we’ve finally exchanged contracts, it’s good advice! Don’t worry - just keep hold of all that’s good.


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