Rev. John's June Jottings

01 Jul 21

It has been 3 years since I came to the churches in Ansley and Arley on a placement, which is now sadly coming to an end. At the end of June, I and my wife Frances will be leaving. During this month it will be a time of saying our ‘au revoirs’ but I hope, not goodbyes forever. Over these years, I have done my best to serve you and the villages as well as possible, despite the very difficult and distressing Covid pandemic lockdown. All the churches have shown such wonderful support and have been working extremely hard to keep the churches open.

Thank you to you all.

Like all of us, we are on a journey through life.  From time to time, I have spoken about that journey, especially when it comes to some of the many funerals I have taken. Psalm 121 is often called ‘The traveller’s psalm’ because it marks life’s journeys.

‘I lift my eyes to the hills,

Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

The Maker of heaven and earth.’

We all face daunting mountains, especially with Covid, and it may seem that there have been more valleys to get through than mountains to reach.  For some, their journey is one without faith and for others, it is an ongoing journey of faith. The psalm ends with these words:

‘The Lord will keep you from all harm –

He will watch over your life;

The Lord will watch over your coming and going

Both now and for evermore.’

This reminds us that whatever happens, the Lord is our keeper from our birth until our death.  Just as God created and watched us in our mother’s womb as we were born into this life and world, so God watches our leaving it.  In between He’s there, never to leave us or forsake us. This is my last ‘jotting’.  Farewell to those I may not speak to before I leave at the end of June.  Thank you once again for enabling me to minister to you in Ansley and Arley. ‘God be with you till we meet again.’ 

Wishing you much blessing on your journey through life, 

Rev John

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