Regular readers of our church newsletter will have observed that very often my comments, expressed in these short articles, are often driven by thoughts of the passing seasons.

It has been on my mind that, since our last publication, we have spent time reflecting on the lives of two dearly beloved members of our congregation whose earthly lives have come to an end. We celebrated their lives but still mourn their passing.

By contrast we have celebrated, in a dedication service, the arrival of a new life that has come into our church. We look in wonder at the ‘small’ person with so much potential and wonder where this young life may be led.

The stark contrast of birth and death has been very evident in our fellowship in these past few weeks.

Those who were able to attend the recent family service and dedication, will recall that Ollie spoke to us about time – ‘Our time’ which is in the hands of God.

She quoted her favourite Psalm,
“All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be”
(Psalm 139:16)

For many, the thought of such an all-knowing God can be a quite daunting, perhaps even frightening idea. However, for those who understand that God knows all about us and, as Paul says, “is working for the good of those who love him”, this is a great source of confidence and peace.

Both at the beginning and end of life, indeed throughout our lives, we can declare with the psalmist:
But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.
My times are in your hands”.
(Psalm 31:14-15)


phil clowes squarePhil Clowes is an elder on our leadership team.
Taken from the latest edition of our bi-monthly church newsletter.