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Vicar’s monthly letter
This is the time of year when many of you are planning the next holiday. The saying goes that a change is as good as a rest. Melanie and I, of course are planning major changes in our lives: moving with all its stresses and strains, down-sizing big time and, for myself, retirement.
The Israelites knew what it was like to move on a regular basis – they had 40 years of moving – in fact Melanie and I have moved 11 times in 39 years of marriage. The Israelites had more than their fair share of problems and reasons to complain along the way. Previously Jacob wanted places for the Israelites to remember what God had done and Joshua did the same thing. These men of God knew how important it was for His people to remember what God had done before.
As I get older, my memory is not as good, and I need to do lists so I don’t forget anything important. God knows that we often forget what He has done in our lives and so He wants us to look back and remember how He has led us. Yes, look back and remember how God has led and cared for you in the past.
When Abraham and his household had strayed away from God, Abraham led them back to the place where they met God, there they turned back to Him and experienced His presence often in their lives and decided to follow His leading again.
Whatever the summer holds for you, I hope you can find time to rest and reflect on the way God has constantly led and guided you. Always remember, you are never alone, God will walk with you.
Your friend and Vicar, Ian
(The Rev Canon Ian Greenhalgh)
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