Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Time flies doesn’t it?! The clocks have turned backward and the trees are almost stripped bare. It only seems five minutes since we were all sweltering away!
I have been blessed by so many gifted and faithful folk these last few weeks. The new role of being Superintendent has started with a bang. Many unexpected events have occurred and I am so grateful to so who have stepped into the breach. Hopefully we enter a more settled period.
In this role, Church has felt hectic these last two months, yet Sue and I have been blessed of God by a new ‘pet’. We have been thrilled to have ‘our bats’ in the summer and these last three weeks we have a ‘pet’ buzzard. We see mum and dad flying high and ‘baby buzzard’ sits in our garden calling. We have watched him learn to fly, hassled by magpies and hear him calling for mum and dad. It is such a thrill to be so close to the wildness of God’s creation.
And, as we enter the poignant month of November, especially in this 100th year, I reflect on these words of Isaiah. The horror of the First World War is still reflected in so many places around the world today. We can feel so inadequate in response; what can we do about Syria/Yemen or even in natural disaster in Indonesia?
November offers an opportunity to pause, remember and think. The world’s hope remains in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christian faith is marked by joy and a desire for peace. Upon this faith we can soar like eagles and not grow weary in seeking the best.
We remember those who have gone before us; those in warfare and those closest to us. In all of this, God, in Jesus Christ has been and is present. He walks in our darkness and rejoices in our light. Like ‘our’ buzzard we offer cries for help and feel the pressure of those seeking to knock us off our perch. Like ‘our’ buzzard, we will come through these times of trial. I look forward to the day when we see him soaring majestically above, and I look forward to the day I soar on high riding on the wings of prayer available to us through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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