Pastoral Letter for July and August

A Time For Everything

As you read this the holiday season will be under way. Life can be hectic. We are busy, busy, busy, yet often do not complete all the allotted tasks. We live in a 24/7 world where pressure is on and expectations are constantly ramped up. There are things that must be attended to, but often others put burdens on us. For many, the 10-12 hour working day is the norm.

In the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament we read that there is a time for everything, but what do we actually gain from our efforts? If we stretch to breaking point, there is a price to pay in both physical and mental health.

If we are fortunate enough to get away on holiday, hopefully we will come back renewed, refreshed and re-invigorated for the next phase of our journey in life, ready to face new challenges. We need recuperation, refreshment and relaxation. Rest is important for maintaining a balanced life. It is a gift from God.

For some there is no respite from responsibilities or other pressures. If you are unable to get away, try to make space for yourself by doing something different, reading a good book or lightening the load of responsibilities if possible.

Jesus was a very busy man, but there were times when he needed to get away from the pressures of his ministry and he encouraged his disciples to take time out, too.

So, whether you will be travelling across the world, visiting friends or family, or just finding space at home, enjoy the season. Happy Holidays!

Pat Harris LLM