Encouragement for the Journey 22/11/2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 22/11/2015

Encouragement for the Journey


Greetings fellow traveller,

This Sunday is a significant moment in the Church’s Liturgical Calendar. For it marks the transition from what is known as Ordinary Time to Advent, which commences next Sunday.

Transition moments are ever present in our lives; some arrive unexpectedly, while for others we have time in which to prepare, ensuring the transition goes as smoothly as possible.

I am aware, that for some of us, your transition moment is not in the past, but in the present, for this morning you are actually right now, going through your own personal transition experience.

This Sunday is also a communal transition moment in the life of our Community of St Aidans. For it is Roxy’s final service, when she will minister to us through her reflection and in our communion service. Of course we will farewell her on Sunday 20 December at our Café Church.

It is sufficient today, to take time to acknowledge the mix of thoughts and feelings present swirling within us, knowing that Roxy and Mark’s short time with us is ending, so they may continue on their transition journey. As we at St Aidans will continue on ours.

Let us not forget, us humanoids experience transition moments from our birth until our death. There is no escaping from these moments in our lives. For each person’s response and experience to their transition moments will be different and unique to them. It is useless to compare and judge another’s experience, for very often grief in its many guises will be present, and we must not compare one grief experience with another, rather, grief is expressed and shared, not compared.

Through our Christian faith, we trust the presence of God, the One in whom we live and have our transition moments. This presence is present in many varied ways, especially in the love and presence of family and friends who hold and love us in our transition moments. For nothing cannot separate from the love of God in Christ Jesus, not even our transition moments.

May this morning offer opportune moments to hold and support Roxy and Mark, along with each other in this significant transition moment within our individual and communal lives…….

Meanwhile with peace, courage and extravagant love