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Time out

Dear Friends,

The past few months have, for many of us, felt like a cross between a roller-coaster and a treadmill? We've ridden the roller-coaster of lockdowns and unlocking; and the fresh demands and challenges have seemed relentless. Some of you will recall my words in my address to our Annual Meeting, "While some, I'm told, feel rested and full of energy, I suspect that many of us are very tired indeed and need time to recover. We need to treat ourselves and each other gently, kindly, patiently."

Because lives and relationships have been disrupted and fractured by the pandemic, I also suggested that our Recovery needs to focus on the RENEWAL of our personal relationships with God, with each other, our life of prayer and worship and our community. But how?

First, let's be kind to ourselves by taking time out for the rest we need. When his disciples were exhausted by ministering to others, Jesus told them to "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while." (Mark 6.30-31) Whether we are able to take a holiday away or will holiday at home, let us rest.

But let us also take time out to be with Jesus. Let us hear his words of kindness to us: "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11.28) This is true on many levels: indeed, we can never earn our salvation, but only receive it as an unmerited gift. As Corrie ten Boom, the lovely Christian who suffered as a result of hiding Jews from the Nazis used to say, "Don't wrestle, just nestle." But we should also take Jesus' invitation as an opportunity just to take time out be with Him, to renew our relationship with Him; perhaps by using this time to pray a bit more, to read our Bibles or a good Christian book.

Finally, let's take time out to renew our relationships with our families, our friends and loved ones and find greater wholeness as we do so.

Wherever you are this summer, I really do wish everyone a restful summer as you take time out, and that in resting you may discover Christ's presence and peace.

May God bless you,

Fr Kevin.