December letter 2016 - Steeplewood - WEBSITE X5 DEMO VERSION

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From Revd Laura

December?!.... how did that happen? Yes it really is December, and   anoth WebSite X5 Demo Version ng with a flurry of carol services, Christmas trees, wrapping paper, tinsel, sparkly lights and the Ch WebSite X5 Demo Version  I often find myself surprised that the end of one year and the dawn of the New Year arrives so qu WebSite X5 Demo Version arrival of 2017 is no exception.  For me, the end of one year, and the beginning of the new, is a tim WebSite X5 Demo Version lect.  As a family 2016 was a momentous year, a year that marked huge changes for us.  We moved ho WebSite X5 Demo Version our family make-up, there’s a new environment to  explore, new friends.  We’ve had much to mourn, mu WebSite X5 Demo Version much to reflect upon.

From time to time I look back to the day of my ordination in 2012, a day of wonderful mem WebSite X5 Demo Version a huge turning point, a day of a new start.  The time from then until now has flown by!  Much of my life WebSite X5 Demo Version ry, but that’s not unusual for many folk, life is fast paced, a relentless push to get things done and on to the nex WebSite X5 Demo Version ook back to my ordination day I  remember with clarity a moment before the big service in Hereford Cathedral, as WebSite X5 Demo Version s stood robed and ready for the service with Bishop Anthony Priddis.  We gathered for a moment to pray, and Bishop WebSite X5 Demo Version w words of encouragement and reassurance (I wonder how scared we looked?).

“Enjoy the moment”, he said, “Be in the present, WebSite X5 Demo Version remembering what comes next, just be in the moment”, very wise advice specifically offered to carry us through the formality o WebSite X5 Demo Version e advice has stayed with me, and I have tried to live it every day.  2016 has been full of ‘moments’ to be savoured, there’s WebSite X5 Demo Version eet, and grow to love.  Standing at the front of our benefice churches, in praise and worship.  The moments when preaching WebSite X5 Demo Version t I’ve carried people with me.  Standing with the bereaved, hoping that in the midst of their grief that they do know that I care. WebSite X5 Demo Version d the ‘little’ moments too, the conversations over a cuppa, the ‘chance’ encounters in the street or pub, the quietness as the church has WebSite X5 Demo Version nd peace descends, the moment I’ve spotted a jaffa cake on the biscuit plate and know someone thought about me (…well they are my favourite!) WebSite X5 Demo Version and friend… and it’s the living in the moment that leads to contentment, and a thankfulness.

Many people have asked me over recent months whethe WebSite X5 Demo Version churches, a new home, a new life and my answer is yes, I have settled…. I have settled in to a new mindset… determined to enjoy the moment, to eng WebSite X5 Demo Version !  And so I reflect on the past, thankful for all that it’s taught me.  I look forward to the future, in hope…. but mostly I live in the mom WebSite X5 Demo Version t here, right now and I hope to encounter you there, in the moments with me!

Rev. Laura
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