FROM THE MANSE
part of the church calendar known as Lent and Easter is usually very busy
for ministers with all the extra services around Holy Week. This is why
most ministers take a short break after Easter. A few years ago Colin and
I did something we’ve never done before . . . Inspired by Channel
4’s “Coach Trip” we booked for a short tour with Shearings to the
Isle of Wight.
thoroughly enjoyed it and what made it even more memorable and worthwhile
was Gary the driver’s local knowledge of the island. It was so
interesting hearing about King Charles’ capture at Carisbrooke Castle,
Queen Victoria’s palace by the sea and Captain Black’s successful
shipwrecking activities. From Sandown to Shanklin, from Ryde to Yarmouth,
and from Cowes to Godshill we marvelled at Gary’s insightful and
entertaining commentary. The views from Godshill were spectacular with
fine sunny weather making the visibility over the Downs just perfect.
such beautiful surroundings it is very natural to be stopped short by a
sense of God the Creator’s presence and being and our own insignificance
in the grand scheme of things. However, equally inspiring is the wonder of
God’s intimate knowledge of us at every stage of our life. Psalm 139
comes to mind as it speaks of God’s knowing us with perfect and complete
understanding up to and including the present moment. God recognises our
happiness and our pain and he loves us through it all. It is with this
same nourishing love that God’s close friends learn to love others.
and I will definitely be looking forward to another coach trip holiday in
the future. As Spring turns to Summer, wherever and however you travel
over the coming months may you have a great time and enjoy discovering a
little more knowledge about some part of God’s incredible world!
friend and minister, Janet.