Pastoral letter for July/August 2019

Dear Friends,

As we enter into the summer holiday period we do so at a time of great political uncertainty.  The future of our country and its relations with our European neighbours remains uncertain.  We don’t even know, at time of writing, who the Prime minister is to be!  This feeling of uncertainty seems reflected, too, in the life of the Diocese.  The current episcopal electoral process is ongoing and taking longer to complete than most ever imagined it would.

At times of change and upheaval, of uncertainty and disquiet, it can be easy for us simply to pay attention to the voices that shout loudest and focus on the storm around us – a bit like St Peter did when he took his eyes from our Lord and began sinking into the waves lapping around his feet!

Life, with all its changes and unpredictability can, at times, leave us feeling quite overwhelmed by it all.

These long summer days, and the possibility for some of us to take advantage of a holiday, can potentially offer us some space to ‘be still’ and to reflect on who we are here and now in this moment; to listen for that ‘still small voice’ that seeks to communicate something of God’s constant presence with us and within us.

The words of my old Boys’ Brigade hymn come to mind:

“We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll; fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!”

Yours in the faith,

Gordon

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