Ministers Letter, April 2018

Ministers Letter, April 2018

This time of year is a time of transition. As I write we have just started ‘officially’ Spring! Although with the recent snow fall you could be forgiven for thinking that Winter is still hanging around.

Seasonally, new life is springing up all around us. Winter coats and heavy jumpers are being put away, gardening gloves are being brought out. It’s a time of transition. During these times of transition we will see new life growing. New life spiritually, when putting new spiritual disciplines into practice. New life outside as warmer spring weather emerges. But just because new positive growth is occurring, it doesn’t mean that other areas of growth stop.

Outside, weeds will begin to grow alongside our flowers. We will find ourselves needing to weed those flower beds so the nutrients and space go to the flowers and not to the weeds. Spiritually, some of those old habits might slowly return and become normal parts of our day again. We will still need to evaluate what is healthy and beneficial to our souls. Removing the harmful things from our daily routines. But it’s not always harmful things and weeds that need to be removed in order for us to be our best selves or in order for our flowers to look their best. Sometimes our flowers spread and multiply and then our flower beds get too full. They get so packed with flowers that none of them are able to fully bloom to their potential, as they were intended. It is possible to have too much of a good thing.

That’s true in our lives too. We need to make sure we have enough space for the good things in our lives to be able to grow to their full potential. And sometimes that means cutting back on other good things. Passing them off to others and allowing others to grow into their full potential so we too can grow into our full potential. Blessings to each of us as we find ways to grow full and healthy lives together.

Of course, physically we are in a time of transition, moving out from the church building to enable the development project to take place. Our transition to a new interior will be quite a long one. We hope to be back in the church in time for Christmas, but as I write we cannot be sure that this will be the case.

Moving to Carswell School we are going to have to do things differently. The environment will be different and the space we will be using will also be different. This doesn’t mean that we are changing who we are as a church or what we believe, just that things will be different. We need to embrace this time of change and follow where God is leading.

— Steve

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