The Inside Column 7/5

Posted in: The Inside Column- May 08, 2017 No Comments

Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him. Please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat with our people.

 There is a saying that goes , ‘Ask a busy person and things will get done.’ It seems to be true. I know I am my most productive when I have short time lines to complete things and I multi task like only a woman knows how!! It’s time likes these when we can get almost over productive and forget to take time to smell the roses and reflect on the wonder of God and creation.

I had my ANZAC day all mapped out in my mind with a multitude of activities on my agenda. My great plans all came adrift when I started the week feeling sick and sorry for myself with a heavy cold. ANZAC day instead became a day of being home and turned into a wonderful day of silence and nothingness with time to enjoy the sunshine, reflect and give thanks for the wonderful part of the world that God has blessed us with. It served as a good reminder to me that all I do has to be with the strength of God and sometimes his agenda is a little different from mine!

This week I attended a seminar held by Age Concern with a guest speaker, Valerie Wright-St Clair, presenting on national and international research on loneliness among older people. Together the participants explored social isolation and loneliness and what we can do as a community to tackle it. This is such a huge issue and as a church we are only one agency who is trying to tackle the enormity of it.

Last week we had two event based opportunities to invite people to. ‘Out to lunch” on Wednesday and the start of Alpha. Two great ways to evangelise in our local community and perhaps lighten that burden of loneliness for someone. Sometimes just a smile and a friendly chat is enough to make someone’s day. That smile and chat might be the only social contact that person may have all day. Never underestimate the power of small talk – it can lead to big talk!

I was blessed on ANZAC day. I was alone all day and night but at no time did I feel lonely. I had social contact literally at my finger tips and that peace with knowing that I have always have God with me to keep me company.




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