“----The times they are a changing------”
As you read this we will, in the churches, be
about to enter the season of Lent. For many that will mean
giving up on something, perhaps chocolate, perhaps
cigarettes, perhaps the odd glass or two!
It is a period of reflection and preparation
a time for some self-discipline and self-control. I try to
give up more time to reading the Bible and trying to work
out what it means for us today, perhaps reading rather than
eating chocolate, I will try anyway.
We are all of us in the midst of change,
great changes as in climate; I hope it has stopped raining
by now at least for a while. Great changes as in economics,
we all feel the changes that less money and higher prices
bring, some of us more than others, but we all have to face
these things together and learn how to deal with them.
Much closer to home we will shortly be saying
goodbye to Jim and Lilly, a change that a lot of us really
do not want to contemplate, their time with us has been all
too brief and the space left by their going will be very
hard to fill.
Changes bring challenges for all of us, we
dislike the disruption they cause us and the sense of loss,
it takes time to adjust to new circumstances and to properly
let go, but let go we must.
The challenges we face together with all the
above changes also produce opportunities for new cooperation
so that we can sustain our collective way of life here on
Jim and Lilly will move on to a new phase in
their lives which will bring them new challenges and new
opportunities, we would be doing a disservice to their
ministry here if we do not also look to continue the work
they have done, the progress they have helped to create in
our churches and wider communities in their time with us.
Things never stay the same, they change,
adapt and grow or they decay. If we care about ourselves and
our communities we also need, through our caring for each
other, to collectively pick up the baton face the challenges
and together continue the work that is in progress, Romney
marsh is a great place to live, work and grow. It is our
task to ensure that this remains the case by working
together, for each other and for the benefit of all who live
and/or visit this place.
It will be tough sometimes, difficult
sometimes, often frustrating. God never gives up on us so
why should we give up on each other.