100 years on
With Remembrance in mind, this article from the Parish Magazine of 1919 seems relevant…..
Vicar’s Monthly Letter
My dear friends, with the signing of peace and the return of all our sailors and soldiers from the great conflict, it is doubtless a great disappointment to many that we have not at once entered upon a period of happiness and prosperity. Instead of that the problems of peace seem as difficult as those of war, prices are as high as ever, and industrial strife seems likely for some time to keep us from enjoying the fruits of victory.
There is, however, no more occasion for pessimism now than there was during the struggle, now so happily ended. We need the same patience and self-control, the same spirit of sacrifice and devotion to the common cause which made victory possible. We are passing through the inevitable reaction which follows a time of strain and anxiety, but we shall win through all right. I feel certain that a country which has shown itself capable of rising to such sublime heights of courage and resolution during the strenuous years of warfare, will soon recover its balance and arrive at a calm and just settlement of the questions which confront it.
We need to “possess our souls in patience” and to refrain from adding fuel to the fire by hasty condemnation of the action of others. Just as we prayed for victory over our late enemies and our prayers were answered, so let us pray with equal earnestness for victory over the spirit of discord and mutual distrust and selfishness. Above all, let us return to our old trust and confidence in God. Many people, in Blackrod as elsewhere, seem for the time to be neglecting Him, and in the struggle about material things to be forgetting the claims of the spiritual. Never was there more need to lay to heart the Master’s injunction “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you”.
Apart from the spirit of Christ we shall find no satisfactory solution of the world’s problems. I feel sure that the half empty churches do not mean that the people have renounced their trust in God. It is only that for a short time they have become so absorbed in the struggle for material good that they have lost interest in what does not seem to them to have a direct bearing upon the question of the hour. Yes, if we only could realise it, the needs of the body as well as of the soul are the objects of our Heavenly Father’s care. Let us bring all our difficulties to Him in prayer and He will show us the way to escape!
The Revd R W Gordon, writing in August 1919.
This issue is the only one we have for the year 1919. If you have any past issues, especially from the early 1900’s, which we could have to add to our archive collection, please get in touch. We can always take a photocopy if you wish to keep the original.