Letter from our Vicar

Letter from our Team of Clergy and Readers -MAY 2019 (Continued from Home Page)

....One of the amazing things about Jesus is his confidence that the things which, in his heart, he was feeling that God was calling him to do were right. And this gave him the strength and courage to go through with them.

We sometimes get the same impression;  that the attitude towards the world and the people around us which we pick up from the Bible, especially from the things which Jesus did or talked about is ridiculous, and that we shall be - in the most obvious of ways - wrong if we try to copy them.

There are times when we need to feel courage - not normally in the physical sense - to do the things which God is calling us to do.  He has given us all different personalities, abilities, resources, so we can all be his people in different ways - this is sometimes particularly obvious when we can use something which God has given us which others have not thought of, or if they had, had rejected.  It is often the case that not until something has been tried that people will say, " Oh my goodness, that worked!"

It is often our words - or rather our thoughts as they go public in our words - which can play a part.  We sometimes need skills, physical or mental, actually to do things to help, and it may be that we have these. But sometimes using these can appear wrong.  And after all, it was what God put into Jesus' mind - and voice and hands - and which we now think of as vital for all of us to use - which caused those around him to want him out of the way - in the most drastic and dramatic fashion.

It is unbelievable that any of us will go through what Jesus did - though it still does happen in more modern ways.  But we have to be prepared to put up with what others do to us, if for some reason they don't like us because of what we do or say.  So things haven't changed that much in the world.
What matters is for us to be confident that what we do or say is what GOD would truly want.  This can be done, by referring back to God in our prayers what we feel he is encouraging us to do, for the benefit of those around us and for all mankind.  And if we FEEL this approval from God we can go on, and perhaps even be an example or an encouragement to others.

Blessings, Chris Garrett