Minister’s Newsletter

March 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

I have just returned from a skiing holiday in Bulgaria, our first time there. I always find this experience a spiritual one. I am not a great one for heights, so am no mountain climber, I have completed the Three Peaks Walk over three days (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon), but no climber. But being up in the mountains to ski first of all allows me to see the grandeur of the scenery, but it also reminds me how small we all are against the vast areas of our planet. I am sure people have the same feeling looking over deserts of and or snow and ice, or the wide open seas. There in the mountains you are overawed by the spectacle, you become aware of not only the beauty before you but also danger that lies around.
I am reminded of the words of Psalm 121: 
‘I will lift up my eyes to the hills
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
 
I become aware that however insignificant I feel in the surroundings, the Lord holds me in His hand and in His hearts. I become aware that in the whole of creation, from the farthest reaches of the galaxy to where I am now, I am known and I am loved. Each one of us, wherever we are are fully known and completely loved. That is something for us to celebrate but also to share.
May God bless you all,

Mark