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What a friend we have in Jesus…

Hurray it will soon be the Summer Holidays! It's something most of us look forward to all year, a time for some free time, relaxation, peace and quiet. Sound like your holidays? No mine neither. We all have an idealised idea of what summertime is going to be like and although it is wonderful to enjoy, hopefully, the balmy days of summer it can become incredibly stressful. For those who have booked a holiday away from home, you can end up after all the saving, packing and cleaning the house from top to bottom before you go, (why do we do this anyway?), thinking to yourself why bother? Easier to stay home. But of course it isn't, and a staycation can be just as much hard work; especially if the weather isn't good and the family get bored!

I love the summer and I love holidays and I'm sure whatever the initial grumbles you will have a great summer. I just hope that in all the fun and bustle you all manage to get some proper rest. We Brits have high ambitions, dreams and goal, we are always striving, in fact we tend to be over worked and under – rested. The Bible tells us that proper rest plays a significant role in our ability to live the life that God intended for us. God has plans for each of us, but we can get so tired we are unable to fulfil our God given potential. In our hectic lifestyles, we, me as well, far too often neglect to take a moment to be still. The scriptures tell us to do so and with good reason.

As far back as the Psalms God speaks to mankind and says (Psalm 46:10), “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations I will be exalted in the earth”. The Psalms can be inspiring, but it is the words of Jesus himself in Matthew 11:28-32 that really encourage us to be still and rest in Him. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart. And you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”.

My hope and my prayer is that you have a very happy summer holidays and when term or work starts again you will be truly refreshed, and just to remind you our beautiful church doesn't close for the holidays. The ministry team will still be there to worship with you and our contact numbers should you need us can be found in the Parish Magazine.

Best Wishes Glen.

Ps. I have carried this travel prayer in my purse for many years I thought you might like to share it.

Travel Prayer
Lord protect us as we travel
And lead us safely home.
Look after all the family
Wherever they may roam.

The world is so exciting
And we're rushing
Here and there,
Be with us when we're sailing,
On roads or in the air.


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