- Peace and Remembrance
Part of me would like to think that the summer is not over and that the days are not shortening but that would be like living in Peter Pan’s Never-never-land (or I suppose I could live on the Equator!).
Mind you, the reality is that the sky is blue again today which reminds me of Vera Brittain’s poem:
“Perhaps some day the sun will shine again
And I shall see that still the skies are blue
And feel once more I do not live in vain
Although bereft of you.”
That said, reality today is quite different from what it used to be with the advent of social media and gaming. Albert Einstein said Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one but the soldiers in the WW1 trenches would have argued that point.
As a benefice we are doing a few events in memory of the day when peace was agreed. You might have heard of the 100 days of prayer (www.remembrance100.co.uk/100-days). Some of us are praying every day as directed but Ruyton Church will also be open for specific prayer from 16th-18th September. If you make your way to the prayer corner, there will be resources there to help you pray.. You might want to remember a relative, you might be a historian with a keen interest in that period or you might just want to ask God to bring peace to our world today.
Then there will be our Remembrance Day service at Ruyton church on Sunday November 11th where the benefice and other villagers will gather together to worship and hold the two minute silence.
Finally Great Ness church will be having an afternoon of poetry, local history and other activities that all will be welcome to.
Whatever your feelings are about WW1, I hope there is something for you to be involved with. Let us remember with gratitude all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and let us lift our eyes to God.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Creation and CreativityLooking out of my window at all the various colours of green that come at this time of year, as well as the abundance of colour in the garden, I cannot but think about God’s wonderful creative mind. As Christians, we believe we are made in the image of God… that means that we can be creative like him. Whether in the garden, on a canvas, through a lens, on paper or using modern technology we have the possibility of being creative and bringing colour to peoples lives. I have been challenged myself in the past few days to think about how creative I am by being asked if I could bring a 10 minute “Generation Game” skill to an Adcote School event.But it goes one step further. When an artist finishes his best painting, he sits back, observes and enjoys the moment. When a writer or sculptor finishes a project, they enjoy a glowing moment of accomplishment. When you see the results of two years’ hard work in a garden, you appreciate them. The Bible says that after he had finished creating the world, “God looked at what he had done. All of it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31). God looks at his creation of humanity, as well as the rest of creation, and says ‘it is very good.’ We are an integral part of God’s creation and, most importantly, we are pleasing to him.How amazing! Yet we are not just to look at it but to relate to it. That means that he also hopes to enjoy our company. Another challenge…So this summer, as most of us have some time to relax and be, let’s try and walk in the knowledge that we are pleasing to God and ask him to enhance our own creativity by bringing colour to people’s lives.Creator of all, thank You for summer!Thank You for the warmth of the sunand the increased daylight.Thank You for the beauty I see all around meand for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.May I understand that I am pleasing to you.As I enjoy your creation, help me be creative for you.In Jesus’ name. Amen.With many blessings,Lucinda
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