|Reverend Carolyn Oley and the leadership team
As I write to you the summer has finally arrived and the
hot weather has made me hurry to find some cool summer clothes. But that is only a minor adjustment. In the face of the continuing
unrest as our country and our world moves from one crisis to another, many of us are reeling from sudden changes. We have
had turmoil at home with a change of government and indecision still rife in the party of opposition, all of which has been
the result, or at least triggered by, our voting to leave the European Union. And yet our insecurity seems positively lightweight
when we think of our neighbours in France and the terrible events they have had to bear. Not to mention of course the continuing
unrest in the United States. All of this is still overshadowed to some extent anyway, by the personal family lives of so many
who are stateless and homeless following their being forced to flee from war and persecution in countries of the Middle East.
do we think about and change as these events unfold? Of course we share a common compassion in this country and we continue
to provide charitable help to those in the front line who are providing relief. But the words of Jesus might also be a key
to how we can respond. He said, A new commandment I give to you, love one another as I have loved you. We might ask, why is
that new? I think he said it because we aren't especially good at love in the sense he meant it. We tolerate those we
don't especially like, and avoid those we fail to admire. Otherwise we tend to mix with people who we love the best or
are mainly like ourselves.
We can't possibly love as Jesus did
in his love for the whole world and each of us in it. But in our little corner of the world where we are, we can aim high
- to notice those around us with the eyes of Jesus and to try to show love as we see those in any need. As
we do this, we will stand against the hatred abroad in the world, and stamp it out in our own hearts. This seems to me a win
win situation for us and for those around us.
Love and prayers,
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