A letter from Rev Paul 10th May 2021
As some of you will know I’m privileged to be part of the ecumenical group of ministers in Ashby, Bottesford and Riddings. Our colleagueship and fellowship was very much valued before the pandemic and has grown greatly during this time as we continued to meet by zoom.
Something we have done from time to time is read a book recommended by one of the group – this exercise has stimulated our thinking and often encouraged us to think outside of the box. Our most recent read was: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer – How to stay emotionally healthy and spiritually alive in the chaos of the modern world.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
- Jesus in Matthew 11 v 28-30
Taking rest, taking time out is essential for our wellbeing, both physically, spiritually and mentally. In the Bible we read that ‘on the 7th day God rested’ and we see that Jesus often took time to be alone to pray and reflect.
The prospects for the future are looking positive as we emerge from the pandemic and the urge to get on, to return to ‘normal’ is great – to be busy again, to HURRY. However we don’t need to return to such a pattern in the church or in our lives – the frantic and frenzied rushing from task to task. What we need to do is to continue noticing and recognising where God is working already and join in.
Take time to be holy.
Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
John Greenleaf Whittier (StF 495)