Grains of Sand

Father David Beresford has been the interim rector at St. Martha’s since 2020. He was previously Interim Rector at St. Barnabas and before that, he was Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Springfield, Pa.

Father David lives in Wilmington with his wife Ruth, who is also a priest. He has two grown children, Thomas and Julian, who live in England and two stepchildren, Matt and Sarah. For relaxation he enjoys music, reading, walking, golf, conversation, and friendship.

Father David's Message

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The origins of Thanksgiving can be traced to the early seventeenth century, when pilgrims commemorated a good harvest and safe passage to the New World. They were followed years layer by those escaping persecution for their religious beliefs, who cam...

“Catch a falling star an’ put it in your pocket,  Never let it fade away!” Perry Como’s song hit the airwaves in 1957, and this week I found myself singing a variation of it as I walked along the leaf strewn paths of Brandywine Creek...

Many of us have spent the best part of our lives going to church, but what is “church” exactly, and why do we go? There are many ways of describing ‘church”, but in my understanding, church is a place where the community of faith gather......

In case you didn’t know it, there is an election next week. It’s an unusual one, being played out against the backdrop of Covid-19, (which mercifully made the election campaign period shorter than usual). At this point you will be expecting me to...

My father believed in the power of positive thinking. He always saw the glass as “half-full”, rather than “half-empty” and never dwelt on setbacks or disappointments. He had experienced some of those in his lifetime. His own father died when ...

“Please pray for me.” The request which comes from someone in need of healing, or strength, acknowledges the power of one individual to affect the life of the other, through the power of prayer. It’s also an admission of vulnerability: we are n...

It’s there, in the middle of the Lord’s Prayer. “Forgive us our trespasses [sins], as we forgive those who trespass [sin] against us” is planted in the center of our most important prayer. The language might not be familiar to a newcomer R...

“Aztec Island?” “No,” Ruth answered, “Assateague.”  “There are wild horses there.” she informed me. On a gray, drizzly Friday, Ruth and I were discussing how to spend our day off. A visit to an unknown island sounded promising, espec...

Last month two seminarians from Virginia Episcopal Seminary made a special journey from Alexandria VA to Wilmington DE. The reason? To attend a service of the Holy Eucharist at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington. It turns out the Diocese ...

Christians have traditionally been held to a higher standard than other folk, and with good reason. The world has need for the authentic witness of practicing Christians who, by their words and actions, foster unity and encourage reconciliation. This...