As farmers, we like to think of ourselves as good 'stewards of the countryside'. We look after our little patch, keeping them tidy (-ish!) and in good heart. But I feel challenged if I ask myself why?
Thought for the Week
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My ‘thought for the week’ has actually been my ‘thought of the year’ with my last 12 months prayers and thoughts mainly dedicated to the question, What is Church? I would also (as the youth worker) like to write about the youth work in our church however I feel that demographic has featured heavily in my thoughts of ‘Church’.
One take on the end of Christ’s life is that it ended in abject failure. Sentenced to death for extremist preaching and propagating rebellion and sedition, he looks an isolated figure. Abandoned by his followers, even his closest friends denied knowing him, and he cries out to God ‘why have you forsaken me’. Failure indeed, from one perspective.
The question came from a five-year-old, who had not got full marks in a test - 'will God drop me?' The sincerity of the question, brought me close to tears as we spoke of God's amazing unconditional love, and prayed together.
Last Sunday evening’s sermon reminded us that 16 out of the 38 parables Jesus told were about money or possessions. When I heard that as ECB treasurer I felt less bad about making money the focus of this short newsletter article! Our thanks go to Pete Stoddart for working on the accounts for us (for the 13th year running).
Whatever the previous year has been like, and however hard or rewarding it may have been, we can have a sense of expectation and hope for what is to come and for what God will do in us and through us, both individually and corporately in 2017.