Encouragement for the Journey 23 November 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 23 November 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

imagesGreetings fellow traveller,

Today is our last Sunday before we commence our Advent Journey. It marks a transition moment on the Church’s Liturgical Calendar.

Transition moments are ever present in our lives, some arrive unexpectedly, and while for others we have time to prepare. I resist the temptation to spell out a list of transition moments, if I attempted such a list; the chances are I would miss something very important that was a transition moment in your life.

I leave you to reflect on your life and those transition moments:

What was happening for you?

What enabled you to come through the experience?

What did you discover about yourself?

Are there any ripples from that experience that you are still feeling?

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.

Being a minister, I am privileged and honoured to hear stories of your transition moments. Each is very different, but what is very similar is that at unexpected times, fellow human travellers offer their love and support, which results in courage, hope and strength gently growing within.

We may often forget we human beings will experience transition moments from our birth until our death. There is no escaping the transition moments in our lives. Also, each person’s response and experience 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 don’t compare our grief experience, rather, grief is 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.

Meanwhile with peace, courage and extravagant love

Alf