LiFT 12th October
Good Evening Friends,
I’m still refusing to turn on the central heating, how about you? That was fine at the beginning of the week but I’m not so sure now, how much longer can I hold out? haha!!
I had the very scary privilege of presenting a short talk to the bishops, archdeacons, and senior lay people across the whole province, earlier this week .I had been asked to speak about how to empower and encourage lay people in rural communities, and how to make it work! It’s not often I get anxious when asked to speak, but this was a particularly daunting audience! It was such a joy to talk about attitudes, and willingness, and about how we are fostering a sense of community and friendly support. It was wonderful to share some good news with those who are not quite so close to the ground as you and me. Please can I ask for your prayers now. Prayers that we can continue to look after each other, and also that we can encourage each of our communities to thrive and develop distinctive and exciting ways to be faithful and to honour God. I do think we are doing very well given all that has changed over the last few years. Thank you for your part in that.
Things to tell you –
Well the diary is rather blank in terms of things I need to alert you to, which is a bit strange, I do hope I’ve not forgotten something! That doesn’t mean I’m not busy though, so you will see me out and about locally. I read something really interesting the other day about how we all tell each other how busy we are and wear it like a badge of honour – I’m busier than you, and therefore more tired and weary. Not a great way to be competitive is it?! So please be assured that when I say I’m busy, that’s not to tell you that I’m overworked, but to say that even if you don’t see me, I’m quietly plodding on with things that will come to fruition, or that I’m visiting, or in school, or praying. Prayer is such a central part of all this, and whether it is a few minutes, or a rare but much protected half day, then it all adds up and makes sure that I am listening to God, as well as listening to you, about what we should be doing. I recommend it, I really do.
And with that, I am off to Bristol, to take the boys to catch a bus to France. They have tickets for Wales’ match on Saturday and have a route planned that would make the film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles look tame!!
With love and my prayers,
–Please note I will not usually reply to emails received on Fridays as this is my rest day. If you need me urgently please send me a voicemail on my mobile number. Thank you for your understanding.