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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

26 November 2014: David Bee, St Mary's Buriton

Past, Present and Future

Now is a time of transition. Autumn is giving way to winter. The glorious reds, golds and yellows of late October have lost their lustre and most of the leaves are on the ground. The church also is in transition. We have finished the season of Remembrance - All Saints day, All Souls day and Remembrance Sunday - and are about to start the season of Advent - of preparing for and looking forward to Christmas. The church moves from a season of looking back to one of looking forward.

Indeed every time Christians meet together we remember the actions of God in history, particularly the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and also look forward to the time after our deaths, when we believe we will meet with Jesus face to face.

All of us spend most of our time thinking about either the past or the future. We review past events, whether those are positive or negative and we look forward, sometimes with pleasurable anticipation and sometimes with dread, to what the future may hold.

Past and future, it's the way we are.

The trouble with this is that we run the risk of not making the most of the present; the wonder of a rainbow, the sound and antics of a robin on the bird table; the love and care shown being shown by one person to another; the astonishing structure of an orange; the taste and texture of each mouthful of food we eat.

We live in an amazing world, a world full of wonder. Let's make the most of it, not just in the past or the future, but in the now.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Post on 26 November; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

Don't forget - during November put your green Waitrose tokens into the Christmas Day Lunch container.

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