Yesterday we had our annual community meeting. We reviewed the good, as well as some disappointments, experienced last year and made plans for the year ahead. One of our number, Sue May, has been reading Richard Rohr’s book ‘Simplicity’ and she shared some of her thoughts on what she learned of community from her reading.
1. Others can get through to me – I can get out of myself.
2. Not a special kind of structure – but a network of relationships.
3. Relationships between the established church and the ‘base community’.
4. Both are needed, established church has history and communities have vibrancy and honesty.
5. Advocating living on the edge, holding both together but holding things lightly.
6. Act of faith is to give away what we don’t yet have. For example, healing when we aren’t healed, love when we struggle with bitterness or unforgiveness, compassion when we struggle with pride.
The cross is an excellent reminder of our posture and orientation. To look up and fix our eyes on Jesus, with our feet rooted in the soil of ordinary life. Reaching out in one direction to institutional church and in the other to community on the edges.
A five year old dies from meningitis
A young woman commits suicide within hours of being released from hospital
The blog of a young man suffering from severe depression
A young mother miscarries
WHERE IS GOD?
THIS CARING,LOVING GOD?
Verses quoted by well-meaning but un-empathetic people
Become a weight round my neck
Adding to my misery and despair
I don’t see him Not even a glimmer
In the deep dark pit of
It is only as I come out
Of the darkness of despair
That I begin to see
That God has not left me
And in hindsight
I see the provision
For that deep dark chapter in my life
And my faith deepens
And I can say
GOD, YOU WERE THERE!
YOU ARE WITH ME!
YOU DO CARE!
Hindsight Gives me the strength
To hold on
When life gets tough
Bible verses only become real to me
As I live out the ups and downs of life
These are the verses I can hang onto
Strengthening my faith
AND I KNOW YOU ARE STILL GOD!
Carol Clack, 21st January 2015
One minute everywhere, the next gone.
The shops adorned with decorations and full of seasonal song
Full of everything one must have for the perfect Christmas
Retailers desperate that we spend
And buy everything
From mince pies to turkey and all the trimmings
To tablets, kindles and complete entertainment systems
So that you need not miss the unmissable
To that furniture you must have before Christmas
Emptying stores of Christmas cheer
Before Christmas Day
So the Sales
As mince pies go out
Hot cross buns and chocolate eggs enter
by Carol Clack,