A word or two from Mairi
From "The Link" Parishes Newsletter, October, 2020
Autumn is a season for balancing light and dark, letting go.
We have experienced the budding of life in spring and the flowerings
and profusions of summer. Now the leaves fall, and bare branches
remind us of the fleeting nature of all things. As we watch leaves
fluttering to the ground in the autumn, we are reminded that nature's
cycles are mirrored in our lives. Autumn is a time for letting go and
releasing things that have been a burden. Change is all around us – the shaping and patterning of our lives, shifting and turning, coming and going, greening and dying.
Change is our constant companion, a dependable presence. Why is it then that we resist change, we dislike change, we avoid change, we disparage change? Without change, there is no growth, no transformation, no life.
Perhaps, in this time of even greater change than normal, you might like to contemplate the place of change in your life. Perhaps God’s Word and wisdom might help:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
In his opening remarks of this year’s General Assembly webinar our moderator Rev Martin Fair spoke about holding our nerve and carrying on in these difficult times, carrying on doing what God has called us all to do: to minister, to serve, to pastor, to proclaim the Gospel without fear, to pray without ceasing and doing so by committing ourselves to new days and new ways; so we acknowledge that it is not that we have what it takes but rather God takes and uses what we have.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
We have nothing to fear, my friends, with God at our side. So trust in the Lord. I pray that this is YOUR time to step out in faith!
Rev Mairi Perkins