Letter from Revd. Joan Lyon October 2014

Posted on by Tania Birtwistle

Dear Friends

I am writing as a Scottish woman in Suffolk on the day of the Scottish Independence Referendum.   Our future is still unknown and I am unable to comment on the result.  What I would like to comment on is the engagement with this process across Scotland and, perhaps belatedly but catching up fast, the rest of the UK.  People have been involved in debates all over Scotland.  No matter what the outcome, change will be on many agendas because so many people have become involved in trying to gain knowledge and understanding of the complex issues and, as a result, are better informed to shape whatever future lies ahead.

 “Getting involved with God” (by Ellen F Davis) is a book which I dip into from time to time.  It’s an excellent way of discovering more about the Old Testament but just its title is enough to get me thinking – how are we as church involved with God?  Is God really involved with us?  Is it a two way process or do we expect God to sort everything out for us? 

On numerous occasions we hear ourselves, or others, saying – “oh, I don’t want to get involved!”  These are words we never hear from Jesus in the Gospels.  His involvement in life is total.  He reaches into every part of the lives of the people whom he meets, their minds, bodies, hearts and souls.  He meets them with compassion and understanding.  The response of many was to say yes to his invitation to follow him as he provided all that they needed to do the work of building the Kingdom.  God is still offering us these resources  for building a fairer world, a world where peace negotiations are possible and bring about change, a world which looks out for their neighbours rather than “not getting involved”.   The more familiar we become with our own story of salvation through the Scriptures, the more we see ourselves as characters in these stories.  We read about people searching for hope, forgiveness, new beginnings and we read about God who longs to give these things to his people. 

Getting involved with God means getting involved with each other; getting involved with our community and the major issues facing not just our country but our world.  Even the sleepier parts of Suffolk can be involved in the life of God as we encounter each other in a way which says “yes” to life and whatever life will bring us.  “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).  God bless you in all that you do. 

Reverend Joan Lyon