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Minister's message

Minister's Message



Minister’s message






I hope you’ve had some time and space to rest during August, whether it’s with friends, family, here in Northfield or away. I’ve had a wonderful time of rest and am particularly grateful to Dave & Carol Mold for the loan of their caravan in Burnham-on-Sea. It was a fantastic time and very special to spend such a time together.

When we return to normal life after a rest, we are naturally recharged and ready to go. And we can often find that we have a renewed sense of perspective and understanding. I hope that as we enter this new academic year, that is a place which you feel is at least familiar to you. But how do we keep that perspective in life? When we are caught up in the middle of the pressures of everyday ‘normality’, sometimes it’s all we can do to just try and stay afloat. So how do we find that space where we keep that wider sense of perspective, and where we are still fresh and know we are close to God’s will for us?

Jesus regularly withdrew to solitary places and prayed. He would often be found walking in the mountains, according to the Gospels (particularly in Matthew), and this gave Him the energy, rest and perspective for the coming days and weeks. It wasn’t sporadic – it was regular. So maybe this is a helpful time to get your diary out, put those times away or out in and find space to regularly seek God – wherever that may be. It’s important to withdraw regularly in order for our spiritual and mental health to remain strong.

But even more importantly is to be sustained daily. Jesus spoke of the importance of this regular daily space with God. In the Message version, He says, ‘Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.’ (Matthew 6:6)

I love how the Message version puts it. Very powerful words. And they speak for themselves. May we each seek and find those quiet, secluded places so that we can regularly, simply and honestly come before God. In doing so, may we each find and know the rest that He provides for us.