Moston Methodist Church

Minister – Rev Sharon Read

POSTED ON: 20 May 2020

Letter from our minister 20/05/2020

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Dear Friends,

Another week has passed. I suspect that many of us feel that we are not sure what we are ‘for’ just at the moment. It’s hard, or impossible to do the things we used to do to ‘be useful’ in the world and we are not sure what the future holds. We don’t know how to live out our lives as Christians, when our lives have been reduced in size and function at the moment. Actually, I don’t just suspect this, I know it from conversations we are having, and I feel it myself.

Swindon Youth for Christ have a prayer blog. Yesterday they suggested this reading:

Romans 12

 

Actually they suggested it in the Message translation, which puts it like this (with my amendments for this time in brackets!):

Romans 12 1-2

 

It struck me that God doesn’t demand of me something that I am unable to achieve, whether because of my own lack of the gifts and talents to do it, or because of circumstances I cannot change, like Covid-19. God asks simply for me to give my everyday, ordinary life—my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life to God and he will use whatever that is. I know many of you already know the frustration and sadness that not being able to do the work and activity you used to do. Perhaps in this reading there is an answer for us all. Offer to God the ordinariness, the frustration, the exhaustion, the boredom, the narrowness of what we can do everyday – and God will use our voices on the phone and our fingers on the keyboard, the cards we send and the smiles we give to our neighbours as we go out to clap on Thursday nights, or negotiate the supermarket once a week, - the work we still have to do, however hard it is to achieve from home - the love, care and patience we show to those in our households and families and those outside them, - what we read and hear and see in books and magazines, the TV, radio and internet. God will use our minds and our hearts and our prayers, and our everyday lives, honestly and sacrificially given because that is all God asks of us.

Tomorrow marks the start of Thy Kingdom Come – praying for 5 people who do not know Jesus. Please check out our circuit website for this journey. www.thykingdomcome.global has lots more ideas and resources too.


With love and prayers,
Sharon

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