Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

I heard the other day someone commenting on the fact that we are a divided country and we have never been so divided as a country since the Civil War. I have

Dear Friends,

As I sit and write this it is decidedly chilly, but I have just heard that 2016 was the hotteset on record but 2017 is not likely to be the same. At least this year has started with some seasonal weather. It is makes no wonder about seasonal things, I have seen Easter eggs in the shops for the last month! Christmas season is hardly over, well actually in the church the Christmas season continues with Epiphany, January 6th when we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men, and continues until the end of January which is called Candlemas when we celebrate Jesus being taken to the Temple by his parents for a special blessing and thanksgiving. The

Dear Friends,

Imagine my delight when shopping in Exeter recently I came across two different sorts of Nativity scenes for sale in a well-known kitchen chain store. For the past couple of years I have been deliberately looking in shops and garden centres for natitvity scenes but to no avail. What is that all about? Are we too embarrassed

Dear Friends,

May I wish you all a Happy New Year? I certainly hope that this year is a better one than 2016, so much war and aggression, so much political turmoil and unexpected results and changes. A new phrase I heard coined,” lies are the new truth”. I have to say that I find that shocking and have to wonder where our moral compass is facing.

           Reverend Cate Edmonds

The Rectory, Station Road, Feniton

01404 851401

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Dear Friends,

I have to say a comment I heard from someone the other day, it was made in jest, was that, “lying seems to be fashionable”. It was made after a certain political debate on television which got a lot of publicity. But it did make me wonder, if it is ok for public figures to lie so openly when else do people lie.

What are lies? Is there a time and place for lies, we often talk about white lies, just little insignificant untruths to ease a situation; when a loved one asks if a particular part of their body looks big and in order not to upset them you might say “oh no”. But is that really helpful?

I was always taught that little lies grow into big ones and I think that is often the case. The deliberate untruth can eventually turn around and bite you back. Now no one is perfect and I expect at times we may all slip up, but it must be the intent behind the untruth which is the real cause for concern. Why is it necessary to speak an untruth? Is it to cover up a mistake? We all know children will often do that when they are young before they learn to be honest. Or is it to make some form of profit for the person involved? What then are the consequences?

Truth and honesty are the essentials in any civilized society, so we look to those in public office to be an example, so it is often shocking when we see deliberate lies, but we too have to be careful that we are not being hypocritical ourselves.

There are many references to truth in the Bible, in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, written so long ago, he talks about the “belt of truth”, I think that’s a great image, not the belt holding something up or holding something in but the belt around the body which tightens with an untruth. Wouldn’t it be amazing if that was the case in with public figures in debate, every time a lie was spoken the belt tightened, some might end up choking! But it would also be helpful to us that every time an untruth fell from our lips or in our thoughts we were just given a little squeeze to correct ourselves. We all as responsible citizens do have to fight hard for the truth for in the words of Jesus “the truth will set you free”.

It’s worth pondering just for a moment on what truth is to you and let’s hope that that joke of lies being fashionable is just a joke.

Every blessing, Rev Cate