Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 3 February 2021

Letter from our minister 03/02/2021

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Dear Friends,

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

This song is one I sang on stage with Leyland St Ambrose’s Amateur Dramatics as a teenager performing in the chorus line for Carousel. Over the years I have heard it so many times and it always takes me back. For some of you, it’s a football anthem but as you know that passes me by. This week however it is the song playing over and over again as we reflect and remember the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore who died yesterday. A man who will be remembered in history for raising £33 million for NHS charities Together walking laps of his garden with his walking frame. This inspired us all and more fundraising began. Captain Tom’s story rippled around the world, children wrote him letters, no doubt he received many others too and a book has been written about him. During the coronavirus pandemic he won the nations hearts, was knighted, and was nothing short of remarkable. When we hear this song, perhaps we hear the version he recorded with Michael Ball and the NHS choir. What a story to leave behind of the man who turned 100.

What is our story that we share during this Coronavirus Pandemic? Is the story we share of the Christ who is our rock? Is the story we share of gratitude to other Christians who have held us in prayer and kept us going through this pandemic? Is the story we share one of faith in the True and Living God who grants us hope and peace within our hearts? What is your story and does it inspire others to ask questions of who is this Jesus you love and follow? If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we cant predict how things are going to be. We are hopeful that the vaccine will lead to a change in restrictions and being able to see our family and friends again and leave the house. Yet we don’t know if that will be the case or when the restrictions will be lifted. In all this, we can still continue to be the people of hope (even when the dark cloudy storm rage and we don’t much feel like that). Hope is focused on God and founded on our trust in Him.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

For the wonderful mystery at the heart of faith:
For the glimpses of your glory that break through into our lives:
For the ways you affirm us and touch us with your love:
For the mountain-top moments and your presence day by day:
With all our heart and mind and strength:
we praise you, amazing God. Amen.

If today you feel alone then please reach out, pick up the phone, join a zoom event, send an email. I know it’s hard to reach out when you are struggling, but know this: you are not a burden, there is always someone to listen and you might just be the answer to someone’s prayer that day. Be brave.

Stay safe. Stay well. Hold each other in prayer. Don’t forget, I would love to hear your story of faith. Please get in touch.

Love and prayers, Sharon

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