Blackford Parish Church
A word or two from Mairi
From "The Link" Parishes Newsletter, July, 2020
There is a time for every season under heaven…
Solomon, in his wisdom, wrote that there is a time to laugh and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4), as well as a time to work hard and push oneself.
Time is what our lives are made up of, but in our busy modern world it has become so easy to let time simply run away from us. E-mails, multiple television channels, mobile phones, computers, zoom meetings all of which were supposed to have simplified and enhanced the quality of our lives seem to have taken over from the really important things of life.
Perhaps we should ask how does God tell us to use our time? If we remember the 4th Commandment, God tells us that the 7th day was for rest, yet so many of us really take a Sabbath. The Sabbath is a time for relaxation—down time, time to employ a real change of pace that rests and rejuvenates us. If we’re going to be productive for God during our time of work, we also need to enjoy some time to relax and unwind. How often in the Bible do we see Jesus go away on his own, he needed quiet, he needed time to unwind and relax.
Those who are involved in creative work know the need for relaxation and recreation. Trying to force creativity rarely works. That essential creative spark usually kindles itself at unexpected moments, when we are relaxed and not feeling pressure. Perhaps this is why the Gospels record the fact that Jesus Christ at times felt a need to get away from the crowds and to be alone. It’s the quiet, unhurried time that stimulates our creativity.
Time is the essence of life. If we use it wisely, we can become better, more productive, more God-like people. We can love others more effectively. We can remember to play a little more and to stay young at heart for longer and we can learn the keys to eternal life as described in the Bible.
We have all experienced a difficult few months and it’s time to allow yourself that much needed time to relax, reflect and renew, spending good quality time with family and friends and come back ready and excited to fling those doors wide and welcome back our families, friends old and new and let’s really learn what it means to be a welcoming community.
Have an enjoyable summer!
Rev Mairi Perkins