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March letter

March letter.
Dear Everyone.
Recently I went to see a friend in hospital but when I got there the ward was closed because of infection. It seemed like a wasted journey; but I found myself asking whether that really was the case. I think the truth of the matter is that no journey need ever be a wasted journey. There is always something to think about that fills the gap, and sometimes what appears to be wasted time allows other things to come into our minds that help us to see more clearly what life is all about.
We can spend time on a journey simply observing people. Three quarters of the travellers on the bus, train or tram may be dipping into their smart phones, there is the endless excited chatter of children, and more in the centre of the city people speaking many different languages. You begin to realise how cosmopolitan we are becoming. We might meet up with someone we haven’t seen for ages; but there is another side that is equally important.
The journey can be a very creative one. Just now we remember Lent. How important was the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness. Barren and wasteful ‘wilderness’ times can be times of reflection contemplation, and prayer. The opportunity to do this is in what one writer in his Lent book described as ‘times of leanness.’
For Jesus Lent was a time of preparing for ministry, of spreading the ‘good news of the kingdom of God.’ This kingdom has qualities of gentleness and not violence. However we understand life, I would suggest that all people of goodwill need to be working for the common good. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus saw the importance of all people in the world who work for justice and peace.
We all need to remember that peace in the world is not just the absence of war but a time when justice, fairness , compassion, forgiveness and goodwill are predominant in world affairs and in the lives of individuals. We are all called upon to be peacemakers.
Surely this is something for all to work towards during Lent?
May we all spend time in thoughtfulness during the season so that we may all be better equipped to serve and help each other and to serve God in the world.
With all good wishes,
Sincerely,
David

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