Robert's Ruminations

The thoughts of Revd. Robert, Minister for Emmanuel, Ilfracombe

Silence is golden!

I’m sure that there are many of you who recall the very famous hit from the 1960’s, ‘Silence is golden’. For someone like me who is very much a ‘doer’ silence is very difficult and so the time that I write this is proving to be quite challenging!! I am away on retreat with the Probationer ministers from across the District and the theme that is being followed this year is all about ‘living in the silence’. There have been a number of sessions of just silent prayer which has been very interesting. But one thing that I have come to realise is that all too often we live in the here and now; and world that has a 24/7 lifestyle. Everything has to happen immediately if not sooner; we find very little time to simply ‘stand and stare’ as the poet puts it.The problem is, that in all the hustle and bustle of life, we rarely find the time to speak to God, or, more importantly, don’t find the time to allow God to speak to us. So how can we know if we are doing the right things? How can we begin to understand what it is that God wants us to do for him?

This month we enter that time called Lent – the lead up to Easter and remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his glorious resurrection. Lent is a time for preparation, getting ourselves ready for that great Christian festival. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday when we are invited to acknowledge our shortcomings in the light of the Cross, represented by the use of ash to mark the sign of the cross on our foreheads. Then in the weeks that lead up to Holy Week, we can use the time to reflect on the journey that Christ made to Jerusalem and ultimately to the cross and see how we need to make a similar journey to encounter the crucified and resurrected Christ for ourselves.

So, this Lent, I would like to challenge us all to try and find a space in our busy lives to seek out the silence and meet with Christ at that moment. That will give us a real opportunity to experience for ourselves what lies at the heart of Easter – how God sacrificed his son Jesus because of his love for us. Of that there is little doubt. But we must each accept this for ourselves in order for it to be relevant to our own lives.

Every blessing,

Robert.

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Saturday, 15 December 2018

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