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Guardian readers' letters – February 6, 2020

Let’s face our challenges together

How refreshing to read the uplifting, optimistic words of our local MP, Sir John, in his column celebrating Brexit Day.

He is so right to point out that division over Brexit has created a sort of melancholy – constant doom and gloom and relentless talk of crisis on the news!

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (28418260)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (28418260)

Of course there might be challenges ahead; I cannot remember a time gone by when there hasn’t been! But let’s hope that we can face them together with the positivity of Sir John.

As he points out, what will ultimately endure is our freedom, sovereignty and independence.

Coun Joshua Yarham Market Deeping Town Council

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (28418260)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (28418260)


Winners of our photograph of the month for December and January are Lucy Gotobed and Jason Richardson respectively.

Lucy wins for her picture of her 13-year-old dog Missy on December 19 and Jason for his pictures of the wolf moon, publishedon January 16.

Both win a sitting and portrait at the studio of professional photographer Veena Cornish.


January has come and gone, how about our New Year resolutions, if you made them, have they had the same fate. How is it that we resolve to do something and for whatever reason the resolve goes?

A Christian hero of mine, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Baptist minister resolved to stand out against Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 and accused of plotting, with others, Hitler`s assassination. He was kept in prison for 18 months without any contact with the outside world. He was eventually transferred to Flossenberg from where he was hanged on April 9, 1945.

A doctor present at his execution wrote later "he knelt on the floor praying then he climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed in my 50 years as a doctor, I have hardly seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God".

There was someone who died in a similar fashion, Jesus Christ, he stood out against injustice and oppression following the will of God. He taught us how we should live our lives in obedience to God, the power of God was demonstrated when he rose from the dead and gave us the power of the Holy Spirit, which should help us to live our lives in the way God wants. Standing out against all that is wrong with the world. Have we got the courage and resolve to do just that?

Rev Paul Winn

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