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Reverend Eloise Everrett

1 April

Well I wanted to devote this article to not dwelling too much on the past because it occurred to me when I was speaking to the lady who writes the history column for this paper that sometimes we can do so. I think she is intending to write an article this month on some people who may have done some dispreputable things in the past and who may have been members of my family. Which is entirely possible because my family has lived here for a long time and some of them were not entirely well behaved.

But that was not really the point. It just seemed to me that by looking too much at what might have happened years ago, we can lose track of the importance of living in the here and now and planning for tomorrow which can make our lives less fulfilling and more hollow.

Not that I think we shouldn't look at the past or learn from history, after all Christ lived and died a long time ago and we spend a lot of time thinking about what He did but that is different. Christ has much to teach us and I am always surprised to find something I didn't expect every time I open the Bible. You should try it. There are remarkable things in there and some of them take a lot of thinking about to understand what they properly mean.

Anyway, I know there are lots of old people who live in the past and often also some quite young people who, say, have just come back from university and cannot get a job but don't want to look to the future as they prefer to think about all the exciting things they did in their degrees.

Anyway it seemed to me, that God does not want us to live in the past as he gave us so much energy to do so many useful things. We should consequently not do so (live in the past).

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