Here is the spring newsletter for 2012. Enjoy!
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Minister’s spring message
It’s been a funny old winter hasn’t it? The weather has been strange and, at times, unseasonable. We had become used to Arctic winds and lots of snow, and so in the approach to winter this year we all got ready! At least we did in the Manse. We scrubbed our deck and put away our plants; we got stocked up with coal and wood ready for our new stove. We got a new car and made sure it was winter-ready. We
bought some salt in readiness for the icy conditions. It was a sensible thing to do and we felt secure in the knowledge that we were ready for whatever was to come.
It just didn’t happen!
So, did we waste our time and our money?
During Lent and Easter we consider the promises that Jesus made to his disciples. One of them was that he would come back again. In the Church we call this “The Second Coming.” This kind of talk conjures up visions of men in sandwich boards announcing that THE END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH! Well, despite these gloomy predictions we’re still here aren’t we? Year follows year and these predictors of doom have had to change their date more than once. But that doesn’t mean we should become complacent.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ tells us that we must be ready.
But how do we prepare for the promised “Second Coming”? How will we know when it is going to be?
Well, of course we don’t know, no one can. Being ready for it though is incumbent on us as Christians. Jesus taught us, in his life on earth, how he wanted us to behave towards each other. He asks us to be ready always to go the extra mile for other people, to care for those that others turn away from, to be a neighbour to all. He asks us to help those less fortunate than ourselves, to be honest and trustworthy and in faith to work towards peace and unity and acceptance in our churches and in our world.
Being sensibly ready for winter is always a good idea even if the winter we expect doesn’t come. Being ready for Jesus Christ is always a good idea. It can only be good for us to practise what we preach and it will surely benefit those around us. What better time to start afresh than Easter!
Wishing you all God’s blessing.