Rector's letter for March
Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear... Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:25, 33.
What do you worry about? Many people worry about their children or grand-children and what the future may hold? What sort of world are we bringing up are children in? Or our health? Or the current uncertainty in the world at the moment with shifting values and positions and changing regimes. It can be very unsettling. Or perhaps we worry about money? The song by Bob Marley goes: Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be alright. Personally, I prefer Jesus’ words because they give us a reason for not worrying.
Jesus helps and encourages us to see the big picture. If God loves us, as we believe he does, and if he provides for the creatures of the earth, the birds and the flowers, then why would he not provide for us even more so? He urges Christians to strive for the kingdom: to strive for justice, peace, equality for all, for doing the right thing (righteousness), to develop these values in ourselves of kindness, generosity, faithfulness, humility, joy, love etc... If we focus our lives on Jesus, and if we trust in him, then we do not need to worry. He says that worry won’t add a single hour to our lives, so what’s the point of it? If we trust in him, then we don’t need to worry, for we can be sure that he will provide for our needs.
This month sees the start of the Lenten season, on Ash Wednesday, 1st March. I wonder what we might do to develop our faith and trust in God during this time? Perhaps we can return to the Scriptures and read more of God’s promises to us? Perhaps we could try something we haven’t done before? Go to a service we don’t normally attend. Try a different form of prayer. Attend our Quiet Day on 15 March. Read a Christian devotional book especially for Lent (there are plenty available: please ask, or look online). Or give up a favourite pleasure and donate any money saved to a good cause. Perhaps join our Lent course on Living an Authentic Life? There are many things we could do to deepen our faith, to learn more about God, to grow closer to him and to each other in love.
I hope we will find the will and the courage to try something that will help to grow more like Christ every day.
With every blessing for a good Lent