From the Minister – August 2019

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From the Minister – August 2019

Over the last month we have been looking at the way that God
speaks to us through creation, and in particular the way that
the seasons can be a metaphor for the soul. In life and faith we
go through seasons, and these often mirror the seasons of
nature in different ways.
Summer often represents a time of joy and thriving. Enjoying
fully the gifts of life and basking in the warmth of the season.
For others it can represent a time of toil in the heat, (as the
psalmist expresses – Ps 121), and we are invited to seek shade
in God.
Autumn is traditionally a time for harvest and thanksgiving. It
can also be a season of letting go. As Autumn leaves fall to the
ground, we are reminded that sometimes something has to die
so that something new can grow in its place, and that even in
death and in letting go there can be beauty.
In the bleakness of Winter, we are reminded that there are
challenging times to slow down and seek shelter. The bareness
of the tree’s often present us with a clearer perspective of the
landscape and what is going on around us. We walk through this
season, longing for warmth and life to return, but are also
blessed by the comfort that comes with a warm fire, a hot bowl
of soup and the company of loved ones to see us through.
Yet buried beneath, the hidden work of Spring has begun.
As Kimberly Knowle-Zeller puts it, “Spring reminds us that
waiting is never wasted. That the cold, dark days and nights
will lead to light and growth. That what seems fallow and
useless will turn to growth. That the sun will shine again. That
new life will begin with the smallest hint of life. That from the
smallest seeds and sprouts we will see fruit.” Spring reminds us
of the resurrection of Jesus, and that God is in the business of
making things new.
In whatever season you are going through in life and faith, may
you know that God is present and at work. Jesus too walked
through times of joy, transition, change, letting go, surrender,
death and new beginnings. To be human is to experience all
these things, and to let God’s Spirit guide you, sustain you, and
give you hope in each.
So as you look out your window, sit in your garden, or go for a
walk in the bush or on the beach, may God continue to speak to
your soul through creation. And if you would like to have a chat
sometime about the season you are in at the moment, please
feel free to get in touch. I will put the kettle on and stoke the
fire. Matt