Thought for the Week – 1st February 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: TRUST

“Jesus said ‘But when you enter a town and are not welcome, go into the streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you.  Yet be sure of this: The Kingdom of God is near’’”

(Luke 10: 10-11)

"You may be deceived if you trust too much,

but you will live in torment

if you don't trust enough.”

Frank Crane

It’s hard to put complete trust in others, isn’t it?   

We have access to more information, more opinions, and more ways of sharing ideas than ever before, through the internet, social media, 24-hour news and now online learning. 

And sometimes people sharing this information, or spreading their ideas, get it wrong.

And sometimes the people we trust – our families, our teachers, our leaders and politicians – have to hold their hands up and say “I just don’t know right now”.

But when we lose the ability to trust, we create more stress and anxiety for ourselves.  Frank Crane (an American minister at the beginning of the last century) says in the above quote that we make things harder for ourselves when we lose the ability to trust.

Jesus also showed that even though we can feel let down by individual moments of disappointment, we don’t need to lose faith in the bigger truth that the world is still good, people still love us and are fighting for us, and the work we are doing now – schoolwork, homework, housework – is still worthwhile for a successful future. We are all part of God’s creation, and you only have to look out of the window on a crisp February morning, to see that the world still turns, and it is good.

So this week, spend time reflecting on the people that you trust in your life.  What made you trust them in the first place?  How good does it feel knowing they have your interests at heart.

And also reflect on how you can keep the trust of others, and give them a reason to put their faith in you.

Stay safe.

Mr Aubrey, Chaplain.    

THE FEAST OF CANDLEMAS – FEBRUARY 2ND 2021

This Tuesday is the Christian feast of Candlemas.  This day remembers the baby Jesus being presented in the temple for the first time by his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph.  It officially marks the end of Christmastide.  It is a time to remember family rituals, and the way families can support one another. 

 

It has perhaps never been so important to remember what we look to our families for: if you would like to tune into a service of Candlemas, the Church of England is running online services this Sunday, available from their website here.