Deacons Letter for July 2018

Dear Friends

My bible reading notes this month have been written by Gill Beard and I have found myself having to stop and think several times as I read her thoughts on what it means to be commissioned by God. I found her song, “Now is the time”, particularly challenging so I’ve included it below:

NOW IS THE TIME

By Gill Beard © 1989

Now is the time for us to come to God and say, ‘I’m willing Lord,

Willing to give you every part of me to mould,

Come mould me now and make me yours,’

Now is the time.

Now is the time for us to come to God and say, ‘I’m trusting Lord,

Trusting in you to guide me forward on your path,

The path I tread, I tread with you,’

Now is the time.

Now is the time for us to come to God and say, ‘I’m resting Lord,

Resting in you I find my confidence and strength.

Your strength is everything I need,’

Now is the time.

We are all at varying stages on our walks with God and so different phrases and verses of this song may have jumped out at you from the ones that caught my attention.  I found the second verse made me stop and think. I’m not sure I always find it easy to trust where God is leading especially if it feels like he’s asking me to step out into a place that’s not well signposted, maybe even a little foggy so that I can only see a few steps ahead at a time. Personally, I would like to see the whole map from start to finish!

One thing about a foggy path is it means you have to trust the person who is leading you. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6

As we learn to trust and step out where God leads, we will hopefully find that the journey is rewarding and the destination is better than we could have ever imagined.

Caroline

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