Vicars Letter


Vicar’s letter Jan 2019

                              HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well, we begin another year, how quickly they go! So what are your expectations for it?

As we reflect on all that has gone before us, we can be sure of one thing, God is the same yesterday, today and forever…(Heb 13:8).  Unlike any human leaders, Christ has been and will always be the same for ever, in an ever changing world; we can trust our unchanging God.

On a personal note, I’m glad to see the back of 2018 as I have described it as my ‘Annus Horribilis’ the term the Queen described 1992. It’s Latin for horrible year. So I for one am glad to move on!

But I am moving on with God by my side, in front, and behind, encouraging me and sustaining me as he always does.  None of us can predict what the future holds, but we can be assured that God is right there with us.  In Heb 13:5 God says ‘I will never leave you, or forsake you’ these should be re-assuring words, especially in an uncertain world we live in.

There are times, when we feel that life gets the better of us, and a good example of that can be found in the book of Kings 19:3-4 ‘Elijah was afraid and fled for his life, then he went on alone into the wilderness, travelling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. I’ve had enough, Lord, he said. ‘Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’

‘Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great spiritual victories; the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain. To lead him out of depression, God first let Elijah rest and eat. Then God confronted him with the need to return to his mission in life – to be God’s prophet. Elijah’s battles were not over; there was still work for him to do. Often depression sets in after great spiritual experiences, especially those that produce a high level of emotional excitement or that require a lot from us physically. When you feel let down after a spiritual ‘high’, do what is necessary to restore your inner resources. And remember that God still has a purpose and plan for you’ (Jer 29:11).

Depression can be a killer, quite literally. It is destructive in every sense. It can be overwhelming and can overtake our lives when it goes deep enough, it is an illness that no-one can see, but is every bit as real as braking a limb, St. John of the cross describes depression as the ‘dark night of the soul’ and its effects can be devastating, Jeremiah 8:18 ‘My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken’

But, even in the midst of mental pain and suffering, there still remains hope!

So, although for me personally, 2018 was a bad year, I will look forward ‘I focus on one thing; forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus is calling us. (Phil 3:13-14).

So, I want to wish you all a great year, and may our wonderful God go with you always.