Back in the 1960s, my wife’s Uncle Ted and Auntie Jean took the opportunity to emigrate to Australia with their 10 children. I recall it cost them just £20!
Communication was not easy and soon no significant contact really existed. No ‘Facetime’ or ‘Skype’ – just an airmail or a phone call, if you could afford it.
Different groups from the family visited the UK on a couple of occasions in the 1970s and the last time cousin Miriam visited was 1976.
However, a few weeks before Christmas, Ollie and Miriam were ‘reunited’ on ‘Facebook’. Out of this, messages and family photos have passed back and forth, delivered almost instantly via the internet, and now there are plans afoot for Miriam to visit in 2018.
We were delighted to hear that Auntie Jean, the only remaining member of our parent’s generation, now 91 years old, is well and enjoying life in Oz.
Is it ever too late to reconnect?
So easily we say, “After all this time, it’s no good trying”. But this experience tells me that it’s never too late.
In regard to our relationship with God, many have a similar question. Perhaps we have made no attempt to pray or read God’s word for a long time. We’ve lost touch with Him.
As I read scripture, I constantly get the image of a God who is listening and reaching out to any who will turn to Him – no matter how long it’s been.
C. H. Spurgeon wrote, “Prayer is an open door which none can shut,”
Let us take every opportunity to seize this wonderful gift.
“Now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation”
2 Corinthians 6:2
|Phil Clowes is an elder on our leadership team.
Taken from the latest edition of our bi-monthly church newsletter.