The saints are there to remind us of authentic Christian discipleship and to inspire us to follow their good examples and, in so doing, to follow Christ more closely on our own Christian journey. If you have a bit of spare time, then please do have a look at the biographies of some of the saints that I’ve mentioned. Their stories are inspirational and a few keystrokes on the computer keyboard will present you with some really quite inspiring material.
August is also the traditional month for holidays, relaxation and hopefully a little much needed personal space. So Summer can be an opportunity to indulge our need for recreation: using the word in its best sense, that of renewal.
The longing for renewal runs deep within us and is a primary motive for both worship and prayer. But, if we face the truth, worship and prayer often become frayed at the edges because too often they are crowded into a weekly timetable which is top heavy with other concerns and priorities. Perhaps summertime can provide time, space and renewed energy to do some sifting of our lives so that we re-think our priorities and what is important to us.
God, of course, doesn’t go on holiday……………….. well, in one sense He does – with you! And so if you’re travelling in August or remaining at home for, what has been termed in the last few years, a ‘staycation’ remember that God is always with you and I offer some verses of Psalm 139 to remind ourselves of that:
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I climb into heaven you are there;
if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there your hand will lead me,
and your right hand hold me fast.
May the month of August be, for each of us, a time when we are refreshed and renewed in body, mind and spirit.
Your friend and Rector