Church of England Diocese of Bristol St. Martin Knowle

A message from Rosemary Radcliffe... 30th October

30 Oct 2020, 6 p.m.

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all finding moments to enjoy the glorious sunshine and colours of autumn, in and amongst the rainfall. I find that even taking a couple of seconds to look out of my window and up to the sky, fills me with a sense of awe and wonder that helps me to connect with God and slow down.

As life has gotten busy again I’ve been struck by a number of contrasts. Over half term, our teachers hopefully find rest, and I pray that parents find joy in their children, but I’m aware for some having energetic children at home can be its own challenge. I don’t think I’ve stopped properly this past couple of weeks. I’ve been at work, I’ve studied, all accompanied by noises of drilling and banging disrupting the peace and birdsong that I normally hear, whilst we are having a new kitchen fitted.

The past couple of weeks have also been packed with meetings during the day and evening, some face to face and others on zoom. I’ve really noticed the difference in both valuing each in different ways. I’m now almost half way through my training, and I was disappointed recently that my normal residential was changed to online learning, it was a shame not to be seeing people in person. But being at home meant I was able to be with my family at different points and we even snuck in a small walk in the park.

Wherever we are in life I truly believe that Jesus is walking with us, giving us strength and support and I pray that you are able to feel a sense of his loving presence in all the areas of life. Being generous and loving ourselves so that we can extend that love to others is a small starting point but its an important one; so in the hustle and bustle of life as it is now, or in the calm quiet moments, I pray that you can find a sense of God’s love for all of creation and remember that you too are part of it, a precious child of God.

God Bless,

Rosemary