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Letter from Nigel - Spring 2018

One never knows what lies around the corner, what fate awaits us as we journey through life. However, here in Taney, we most certainly do know what lies ahead. This year, being the Bi-Centenary year of the Church, we are planning a number of events to mark such a momentous period in the life of Christ Church. To start off the celebrations, we are having a concert given by the Army No.1 Band (kindly arranged by one of our parishioners, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Armstrong), with guest soloist Sandra Oman, on Friday 27th April. Following the concert, there will be a Golf classic in September and in October there will be a major Flower Festival. There is more information in this issue of Taney News about the various events that are planned.
 
As chairperson of the Fundraising Committee, I must commend the members of the parish who have willingly stepped forward to support and to offer their help in joining the various committees to organise these events. I have never been one for sitting around and it suits me to be involved in a parish that is busy, so planning for all that lies ahead is exciting.
 
As I write this piece, I am looking out the window of my study and I recall mentioning in last years article how I was looking at clear blue skies and hearing the birds singing. How times have changed! There are no birds singing, there is no clear blue sky, everything is muffled. There is an eerie silence about The Lodge, no cars moving on the streets, no voices heard as people are not on the footpaths, the Parish Centre is deserted and so is the car park. IT IS SNOWING and everyone has be warned to stay indoors and not to venture out because the authorities have issued a red weather warning. This enforced incarceration has many advantages. First, it enables me to catch up on administration work. Secondly, it affords me time to write this article. And thirdly, it provides a time when Anne and I can catch up on conversations and enjoy leisurely meals at home. Looking at the snow and how pure and white it is, got me thinking as to how some people dislike the winter and the snow. But it is the snow that reminds us as to how pure God is, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).
 
As we approach the season of Easter, we are reminded of this biblical verse as we recall how Jesus died on the cross for our sinful nature. Having a faith in Jesus means that we can be assured our sins are forgiven and we shall be white as the snow. What a wonderful thought! Snow can offer each of us a time to recharge and also a time of thanksgiving as we thank God for his wonderful gift of forgiveness as we are made clean. As the Psalmist says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7). So, during this Eastertide and in light of the current snowfall, it is right and proper that we should associate the snow with the forgiving power of the cross.
 
With every blessing.
Spring 2018