A Letter from Fr. Robert
By the time you read this the August heat-wave which is in full force as I write will have departed (probably because I went on holiday) and with the start of September those with children and grand-children will be thinking about going to school. Some back to a familiar school, others to new schools, colleges and even universities. For many these changes will be times of anxiety and for other a new adventure to be relished.
What is true for everyone is that in whatever circumstances we find ourselves change will come. Praise God for Jesus who is a great anchor and unchanging security.
In Matthew 28: 20 Jesus concludes his very last words to his disciples by saying “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age”.
He knows that his disciples would find themselves facing uncertainty and for some extreme difficulty, and he needs them to know that they need not fear what lies ahead. He doesn’t say “Don’t worry, It will all be alright.” He says “I am with you”. This is to let them know that it is God who sets the seasons and, marks the changes we all face. Not all the things we face are easy, not all are difficult, but whatever comes Jesus says “I am with you”.
Some years ago I found myself outside my comfort zone, and instead of giving in to my anxiety and running away, I reminded myself that wherever I go, God has gone ahead. He is as present in the unknown as He is in the known. What I need to do is to remind myself of God’s unchanging faithfulness.
Every blessing in whatever circumstance you find yourself, Jesus is with you always.
From the Parish Registers
August 4 George William Stone
Benjamin Robert Stone
August 10 Janis Grants and Fabia Freitas Gouveia
24 Daniel Gibson and Daisy Keeble
July 31 Lucille Halls (90)
August 14 Richard Hampton (96)