Time marches on unrelentingly…
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
I have been looking back at when I started doing these reflections. It was in April 2020! This is fifteen months and equates to 67 pastoral reflections!
There have been many things that have occurred during this time frame. In some cases situations have repeated themselves. In other cases there has been seismic changes; in the world, society and the Church. Some of these seismic events will and are having a sever impact upon the future; in the Church in particular.
In life there are two constants. Time elapses and it is unstoppable. Even though we have been under the global pandemic and people have experienced the passing of time in different ways, time has passed which can never be regained. The other constant is change. Change occurs for each one at a different pace. And yet, change does take place. We have some control over change. Change can be for good or bad. With some change we have no idea of the long term impact. With the invention of the internal combustion engine, change from horse to car was generally good in that most people had access to personal mobility. Long term it has turned out not to be good. There is now a need to change from internal combustion engines to electric. Change happens.
In our Circuit we have change occurring too. In August our new Superintendent arrives, with the Welcome service on the 5th September at 6pm in Chapel Street. As we move into a new normal and learn to live with Covid-19, there are changes within congregations. Some will return to worship. Others will not be.
All of this is ‘natural’, the passing of time and change. The writer of Ecclesiastes knew this full well. There is a paradox, one thing that stays constant is that time passes and change occurs.
Another change is a pause in these weekly reflections during the month of August. This will be the last one for this Church year. I would like to say ‘thank you’ to those who have received and read these 67 reflections. My prayer is that they have helped you during the fifteen months of dealing with the consequence of the global pandemic.
God’s peace, strength and courage in this season of change,