Thought from the Vicar for July 2020
June brought with it the hottest day of the year but also some stormy weather, which has captured my mood. There was less time for sitting in the garden and going for walks. Things seemed to be changing daily and all of it demanded immediate attention.
Lots of good news of course, some of us have been freed to meet others in outside spaces and to come back into church for private prayer. We are now planning for socially distanced services in church and recording them for the website. It’s ‘All Change’. And as many people have said: it was a lot easier to lock down than it is to come out of it! We will not be going back to ‘normal’ we are preparing for something new and we don’t know what that will look like yet.
So many decisions to make, without having all the answers. So many of us are facing changes that we have no experience of. Change is never easy, uncertainty for the future brings fear and drains energy. Last week I attended an extremely helpful Webinar, an on-line seminar, on Leadership in Lockdown. It was entitled Rhythms, Rest and Focus. We were encouraged to pause, to lament and to grieve for what has been lost and to focus on one thing at a time. This is such good advice, because there is a sense of lament for the past that we cannot recapture, as we face the uncertainty of the future.
The Apostle Paul spoke about finishing the race and completing the task. Without focusing on one thing at a time and pacing ourselves we will end up exhausted and confused in the midst of the competing demands upon us. This is all such good advice so we should make sure we take heed of it. I must make sure that I don’t just write about it and never act upon it myself.
On this first Sunday of July, we hear Jesus say to his disciples;
Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.
Let us pray with his words in these coming weeks and trust and believe and rest in them.
With love and prayers, Deborah