Weekly Update 5th June
Dear sisters and brothers,
I recently heard someone ask, “why is it that the days seem to fly by, but the afternoons so often drag?”. Another commented, “with lockdown easing I feel as if I should be glad for light at the end of the tunnel, but I find I am more anxious than ever.” We all have ‘good days and bad days’ but I heard on the radio that it is a phenomenon that many are experiencing more and more, with no apparent reason as to why we feel the way we do on any given day.
We live in a time when things can be very confusing: not only in our personal experience, but five minutes watching the news and one is left wondering what is right and what is wrong. And the truth is that our faith can often be like that: God can seem very near and very distant at one and the same time; our prayers can come easily one minute and we struggle to say anything the next; our trust in God strong one day and then full of questions. Read the Bible and you’ll find that this is the experience of all God’s people throughout the ages. God, of course, does not change and yet we are told that the Spirit of God is like the wind which blows where it wills. What then are we to do?
An image I find helpful is that of a sail boat on an uncertain sea. We are to set our sails to allow the Spirit of God to carry us, whether the seas are gentle or rough. The way we set our sails is to live in obedience to the one who said that we were to love. This, I think, is what Paul was referring to when he advised us, in Galatians 5, to “keep in step with the Spirit”: and when we do, the fruit in our lives is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
So let us, in these uncertain and confusing times, set ourselves to do the simple and most important things of our faith, and show grace, kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness to each other and those around us. And let us trust God in all things.
This week we continue our short study on the life of Elijah (a man who knew what it was to live in uncertain times) on Thursday evenings. Please see the attached information sheet to find out how to join in. You’ll also find the usual information about all that is happening in the church along with materials for Sunday’s service and the daily prayers for next week.
As always, please do contact me or one of the elders if we can be of any help at all. Be assured of Sarah and my continuing prayers for you and “I pray that out of his glorious riches God may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16-17).
With loveRev. Ian Aitken
52 Ashgrove Road West
Tel. 01224 686929