Previous letters 15th May 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope you are continuing to manage and stay well. I hope too that you have enough to occupy your time as we chart our way through this unknown territory. Some people are learning new skills. I've spent much of the last two weeks Zooming. If you'd told me a few months ago that I'd be Zooming round the Circuit and District, I'd have thought you meant running fast! It's still a bit strange, but I'm starting to enjoy it! 

I think one of the keys to survival in difficult circumstances is to find joy and enthusiasm in new things. I'm sure you know that I have just come back from a period of sabbatical study. I was focussing on improving my piano playing with an emphasis on Beethoven's work to tie in with the celebrations of his 250th anniversary. Beethoven is reported to have said that playing the piano with mistakes is not a sin, but playing it without passion is a terrible sin. I think that wisdom could be applied to the whole of life really. Making mistakes is ok, but living without passion, not embracing the life we have been given is a waste of God's gift to us. The last few months have reminded us that life is precious. We need to get hold of it and live it with as much energy and love as we can. I am reminded of the words of Jesus: ' I have come that they might have life and have it to the full'.  Amid all our worries, let's try to hear those words afresh. Maybe sit still and meditate on them for a few minutes. That offer of life in all its fullness is as real now as it ever was. 

Thank you for all your messages during the week. Keep them coming! 

Stay in touch and stay safe 

Yours in Christ,