A Thought 19.08.2017
“Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength… It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.” – Charles Spurgeon
“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” – Augustine
I was in Bakewell the other day feeling very righteous that I’d resisted the wonderful puddings and custard!! Then we walked by the river and saw the ducks appearing to stay still on the water. Yet the ducks were paddling like mad. There was complete frenetic activity underneath the water. In the Autumn or late Summer, we need to remember that life throws a lot at us. We, like the ducks, are paddling just to keep up sometimes.
But our Christian Tradition calls us to live a balanced life – one of work, prayer, rest and exercise. Too much of any one of these can quite literally throw us out of sync and damage our mental, physical and spiritual health. In our Community we have some great church buildings and these should be places of refreshment and revitalisation. They should be places of spiritual enlivening and spaces where we can meet our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. In these building there should be a warm welcome and a feeling of love, forgiveness and peace, but also on other occasions, joy, excitement and hopefulness.
So the two themes in this letter are firstly, we all need to remember in our busy lives find time for rest and relaxation – these two things are not optional for a healthy life. Secondly please do not be afraid of our churches. The churches of Darley Dale, South Darley and Winster are your churches. They do not belong to a ‘holy few’; they belong to all of us, broken people who need God’s loving mercy in our lives. Our churches are places where you will always be welcome.
So, finally, may I wish you and your family every blessing and love and peace, in God’s name. Amen
With the kindest of regards
Revd. Stephen Monk