#20 Patience is a virtue…more difficult by car! This morning we drove into the Peak District for one last time before we move. It was so incredibly busy and slow on the road with cyclists, motorbikes and slow vehicles eager to take in the countryside… I must confess to being slightly impatient! I clicked in to morning prayer this morning only to find the reading for today was about patience!!!! “Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” Hmmm…that’s me told!
#patience #virtue #sundaydrivers #grace
#8 In our “material world” we are so quick to throw things away…out with the old and in with the new! As part of our moving project I’ve been upcycling an old bureau, which has been really enjoyable. It’s also made me think about tradition versus the latest and greatest, particularly in church. Rather than swapping our old hymn books, pews and traditions for bands, worship songs, and chairs to reach more people, perhaps it is possible to hold these things in tandem. If we take the best from both places we design worship for God which expresses something of each person who is taking part – how exciting is that!?
#6 Today was farewell to our Church family. I felt incredibly humbled by people’s kindness and well wishes. It’s not a final goodbye but perhaps more aptly “the end of the beginning” of my ministry…mixed emotions.
#5 This is solidarity and sisterhood! In the face of adversity with packing and moving of furniture, these two are pulling together in a way that is quite uncharacteristic. Perhaps they are bonded in their dissatisfaction with this unsettling period, or maybe they are clinging to each other for strength and reassurance. It made me think about who, or what, I cling to…and acknowledge that I should be trusting and clinging to God more than I do!
#solidarity #sisterhood #trust
#3 Change is both positive and negative. When certain elements are unknown, or out of our control, change can be difficult. The change of moving from our home, and renting our home requires both a detachment from material possessions, and trust. I didn’t realise how attached I was to our home until I saw this sign…
#2 So, in thinking about priesthood I’ve been thinking about solitude and sacrifice. Both are necessary; whilst costly, both will bring a deeper understanding of God and His people…