A Time to Reflect - 13/08/2023
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Rev’d Peter spoke about his ‘Pete’s Panic.’ How many of us have had situations where we say or do things when we are anxious. I must admit when anxious when public speaking, my speech becomes faster, I want the event to be over as quickly as possible. Over the years I have tried to slow down the rate in which I talk publicly. I now need to pencil in the words, ‘slow down when talking.’ School finished mid-July, and some do not stop to think about school till at least after the first week; I am one of those people. I even went in in the following Monday to collect a box file that I had forgotten. It was strange going round the school with no hustle and bustle of the staff or students; seeing the building preparation work for the next term being started. Jesus often took himself off to pray alone away from his followers and the crowds - Matthew 14.23: ‘And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.’ Perhaps a time for reflection, prayer and possibly rest. Last week I was on holiday, and we went to see various towns, houses, parks, and churches. A break from the hustle and bustle of our normal lives. It was a great chance to recharge the batteries, to reflect and see things in a different light. You do not need to have a week. Perhaps in our daily lives we need just that 10 to 20mins to reflect, pray and recharge.