A Letter from Fr. Robert
One of my clearest childhood memories is of a small plaque my Great Grandmother kept on the mantelpiece. It read:
“Of all the sayings in the world, the one to see you through is never trouble trouble, till trouble troubles you.”
I don’t know if was the repeating roll of the phrase or the idea of how to have a trouble free life that appealed most. Of course this saying doesn’t go anywhere close to promising a trouble free life, indeed the real thrust of the saying is that life has enough troubles without looking for more. I always find it amazing that we can sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that being a believer will keep us from trouble. There is nothing in the Bible that suggests this indeed the opposite is probably true. But what the Bible does include is advice on how to deal with trouble when it comes. I would like to focus briefly on just two.
The parable of the houses built on the rock and sand tells us that the foundations by which we live will help us meet the storms of life when they come. Jesus was of course saying that trusting in Him would be the surest foundation. But this is a rather static once in a lifetime image, and I would also want to stand alongside this something more organic.
7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
Jeremiah was not writing at a trouble free-time, in fact the people felt extremely troubled, perhaps even God-forsaken. Jeremiah wanted them to know that on every day whatever came, God could be trusted. We too need to remind ourselves that whilst we may not know what the future holds we know who holds the future.
With my best wishes and prayers, as ever, Fr. Robert.
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