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From the Rector
The last few weeks have been both compelling and all-consuming as the day for Scotland to decide approached. Would they vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to remain part of the UK? I got up this morning anxious to see the news and discover the answer and the rest is history as they say. This got me thinking of the desire that lives in most of us for independence. To run our own lives. I was living proof of this as a teenager, so determined to rule my own life that I often did the exact opposite to whatever my Dad suggested just because he suggested it.
This desire to do what ‘I’ want is still very much alive in most of us isn’t it? We find it’s roots right at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis Ch 2 where we read how God placed Adam and Eve in that breathtakingly beautiful Garden of Eden. To enjoy, to cultivate, to bask in. They, like us, were surrounded by beauty on every side, but God placed one boundary around them; ‘You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’. Adam and Eve didn’t like this boundary!
We don’t like boundaries do we? Being told what we can or can’t do? After being a Christian for thirty years I still find it hard to let God lead me but the years have shown me that when I do He always takes care of things for my good. (Matthew 7 v 7) So is God’s way the best way? Nicky Gumbel who wrote the Alpha Course (an introduction to the Christian faith), tells a funny but challenging story in one of the sessions. He tells of going to watch his son play football after school one day. The school master was late so someone needed to organize the boys and girls and he was the only man present. However, he didn’t know any of the rules! He marked out two goals, divided them into two teams then chaos descended. ‘Play on’ he kept shouting, ‘play on’. Then the school master arrived, organized them into teams with coloured bibs on, marked out the pitch and blew the whistle to start the match. He asked whether the children enjoyed the match more when there were no rules and chaos everywhere or when the school master arrived? ‘Play on’ says the world around us but chaos is everywhere. Will we listen to God? Why not come and join us in our churches this Harvest time as we explore this question?
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