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July Letter

Dear Everyone
When visiting a police station as chaplain, conversations often begin like this.
‘Are you surviving or thriving?’
When I ask how they would rate their answers, on a basis of one – to ten. Several may well say ‘minus one!’
Most of us during the course of a day either consciously or unconsciously weigh up how we are getting on. At the end of the day we may well say to God in our prayers something along the lines of the General Confession which says ‘We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us’.
From what we might call the ‘human endeavour’ side of things, we all desire to make some progress along the way that opens up before us, a way that we travel in many parts of the journey with other people, and we ask for forgiveness of our failures.
We may feel sometimes however that in spite of our best efforts, our loads may burden us down. This is surely the point at which ‘faith’ truly comes in.
Jesus says ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart’ Mt.11vs28.
These words apply to our working-life as well as other situations.This does not mean that we will have no burdens to carry, but rather they are lightened as we trust in Christ. For He is the one who willingly accompanies us on the journey, providing rest and refreshment that makes burden-carrying possible.
My hope is that all of us are somewhere on the ‘surviving plus’ side of things. May we in all life’s scenes learn how to trust God through Jesus far more than we have ever done before!
Every blessing,
Sincerely, David.

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