Messages from around the Benefice

The new laptop can wait

Recently two people gave Caldicot Food Bank a fairly large sum of money. They didn’t say who they were, but simply wrote a message which read ‘The new laptop can wait!’

Perhaps we can try to understand such amazing generosity. Appreciate why helping others who are worse off than yourself can be important.

The following poem gives us an older persons’ insights

And now with old age, It’s become very clear,

Things I once found important, Were not why I was here.

And how many things, That I managed to buy,

Were never what made me, Feel better inside.

And the worries and fears, That plagued me each day,

In the end of it all, Would just fade away.

But how much I reached out, To others when needed,

Would be the true measure, Of how I succeeded.

And how much I shared, Of my soul and my heart,

Would ultimately be, What set me apart.

And what’s really important, Is my opinion of me,

And whether or not, I’m the best I can be.

And how much more kindness, And love I can show,

Before the Lord tells me, It’s my time to go.

(Part of a poem by Pat Fleming and entitled ‘The True Meaning of Life’]