Dear friends in Christ,
At this time of the year towards the great celebration of All Saints, I draw comfort and strength from the knowledge that we are all united in the greater reality of God's eternity. As many of you know I am on sick leave until the end of November. I have not been well for some time and it is necessary for me to take the time needed to make a full recovery. In my absence we remain united and one as the body of Christ, and as part of the kingdom of God with all the saints. Know that, as your chaplain, I keep you constantly in my prayers and encourage you in the life of God's holy, if imperfect, Church and in your family and working lives. This is a difficult time for us all especially when coupled with living with the Covid situation. The Bible constantly teaches us that God works through adversity and brings good out of all situations even when we can't see it. I remain confident that I will be able to return and continue the ministry that God has given us together. In the meantime you will be able to profit and grow from visiting and resident preachers and celebrants. We are all very grateful for their ministry to us at this time.
Here is something about life and adversity:
"As I try to understand how life works - and why some people cope better than others with adversity - I come back to something to do with saying yes to life, however inadequate, and love for the self, however found. Not in the me-first way that is the opposite of life and love, but with a salmon-like determination to swim upstream, however choppy upstream is, because this is your stream."