A message from Revd. Shane

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ

 

I want to firstly thank the many who have sent kind thoughts, cards and personal prayers for Michaela and myself as I go through a time of illness. It has been a challenging time, but one which has helped remind Michaela and I of how fortunate we have been to have been called to live with you all in Weston Green. 


The world has been turned upside down in but a few short weeks and many now are in the process of self-isolating or preparing for that to come into effect. We have seen to sad decision to by the archbishops to ask us to stop holding public services in the week and on Sunday. This will be a sad loss and one which has not happened in our country since 1208ad. But it is what it is, and we are blessed ti have an abundance of social media and ways in which we can keep our spiritual lives and community functioning. So whilst we may be distant, distance is not a barrier to our fellowship.

I have asked our wonderful church Wardens to put up a list of resources onto the website to give us access to the rich field of spirituality on the internet. Not all will have access, but if you find a prayer, reading or spiritual thought that strikes you as being helpful, you might share that by printing it and sending to those less computer literate, or even phoning and sharing the prayer with family and friends. I am learning day by day of how new technology works and hope to have a talk or two on the web page in the coming weeks. 


When we look out onto our world, we see signs all around of new beginings. Lent is about walking toward a new beginning and our journey in these dark times is also a journey. We need not walk this journey alone, we can connect to worship lead locally online right up to the Archbishop of Canterbury live streaming his Sunday worship. The journey is different, the pathway, at times uncertain. But we do not walk this alone. I assure you all of our prayers from the family of All Saints Weston. I conclude with a spiritual poem that has helped me through those dark nights of the soul.

God bless you, Revd Shane Wood


Footprints 

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

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