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Dear Friends,

Handbags and Glad Rags

A few months ago I read an article in the local paper about a handbag that sold for more than £200,000 – and it wasn’t even new.  It was made of Himalayan crocodile with gold detailing and lots of diamonds and was officially the most expensive handbag in the world.

 

My friends will tell you that I like ‘nice’ things, and I confess to owning a couple of designer handbags, but £200,000 for a handbag is crazy money.

Moneymaking is worshipped in Britain to a vulgar extent.  Success is measured by millionaires, status and worldly possessions.

At the same time we are made aware of the million families knocking on the doors of food banks.  Even in our community food banks have become a necessity and in All Saints we are helping in a small way to meet this ever increasing need.

Meanwhile, every day in our local paper there are reports of people working hard to raise money for good causes – in order to make lives better for others.  Sometimes only small amounts are raised, but every little helps to make a real difference for those who need it most.

We live in uncertain times, pension pots have been slashed and interest rates are at an all time low.  What will our future hold by coming out of the EU?

I am well aware that material possessions do not bring happiness (whatever they cost) and the pleasure of the purchase does not satisfy.

As believers, we share in the rich inheritance of God’s heavenly kingdom.  No earthly possession can beat this; it is an inheritance that will last for eternity.

Sadly, many people doubt the existence of God and believe that man has to run the world as best he can, without expecting any supernatural intervention from God.

This conflicts completely with the Biblical view of God.  He created deliberately, not by chance. 

Within His whole creation He has a plan and purpose for all of us.  In common with all His beloved children who know Him and love Him, He assures us His purposes are good.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jer. 29:11)

As I read newspaper reports of glamour, high fashion and the latest ‘celebrity’ purchase, I turn the page to read about people who matter, people who are making sacrifices for others, people who represent basic decency and real values of life. 

God Bless

 

Caroline Milton

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