Count your blessings

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Rev John Bennett, Vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding

Last week, after a concert in church with young musicians organised by Lincolnshire Music Services, my wife suggested we go for a walk to look at the Christmas lights.

It was a cold evening but the sight of the empty market place, lit up in gold and silver, warmed our hearts.

We moved to Spalding nearly five years ago and we love it.

If you have lived here all your life it may not be so obvious, but for newcomers like us it has a great deal to offer.

It is easy to feel part of our community. Through our local newspapers and radio we can find out what is going on and join in.

When our church organised MaNIFEST last month we were thrilled by the interest and support.

It is easy to be critical of the things that could be better, but we should not lose sight of the things that are good in the place where we live.

When I was a young curate, I used to visit an over-60s club, where they regularly sang “Count your blessings, count them one by one.” As I am approaching 60, I find myself singing those lines more and more.

John Bennett

Vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding