Do you ever frequent Charity Shops?
These days the High Street is full of them: an unhealthy economic sign. But the actual shops themselves are undoubt-edly worthwhile in a charitable sense.
I am also on the look out for winter reading. Charity shop shelves always have copies of those classics we ought to devour by the fireside on long winter evenings.
By supporting the charities the shops represent, and by donating items no longer either beautiful or useful, we make a contribution towards the sustainable world.
In America charity shops are also known as thrift stores. Thrift is often regarded as a virtue, being frugal, sparing and economical in our use of resources such as food, money or time, avoiding waste or extravagance. One of the minor virtues, it nevertheless resonates in today’s world on account of our concern to conserve and renew.
As we gather in the fruits of the natural world and celebrate them at Harvest, giving thanks for the prodigality of the earth, let us not forget our duty to be responsible custodians of “all good gifts around us”, and live thriftily and charitably too.
With good wishes to all chapel members and friends,