Thursday, 29 August 2013

“Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.”

September 2013from the Vicar

Sometimes we try to cram far too much into too little time and forget that all living things, from plants to people, need some space and quiet times, in order to grow.

We continually need to be reminded that from time to time Jesus would leave the crowded places to find quietness and space to be alone with his Father. We too need to learn that often in our hectic lives we also must be alone with the Father.

If solitude, quiet time and stillness were so important at times for Jesus, then we too must create spaces to let God find us, and so reflect upon the love that God has for each and every one of us.

So two suggestions –

Firstly, whilst we all enjoy our paperback escapist reading, the Autumn can be a good time to read something a little more spiritually challenging - talk to me if you need some suggestions.
Secondly, make some time for a day off shopping etc. and find some time for a day of quiet reflection, and so let God find you once more – talk to me if you need any help.

When the conductor of the orchestra begins, there is always silence before the downbeat – to appreciate the music of life we must also value the quieter periods.
Perhaps on a lighter note, I am reminded, in thinking about prayer, of the chap who asked his Parish Priest,
“Vicar, will you pray for Annabelle next Sunday?” “Certainly,” said the Vicar, and did so.
The following week, he said to the man, “How is Annabelle? Would you like me to pray for her again?”
“No thanks, Vicar, she won at 6 – to – 4 on,” the man replied!