Team letter from Revd. Alan PerryJuly 5, 2017
‘O I do like to be beside the seaside…….’
Since Sue and I moved here last October one of the many joys we have experienced has been living by the seaside and spending time at the beach. One of my favourite pastimes is to take Soleby, our Golden Retriever puppy, down to Southwold harbour in the early morning and let him play on the beach as the sun comes up. As they say it doesn’t come much better than this!
I actually have found myself on many an occasion thanking God for calling me to ministry here, overwhelmed by God’s grace and loving kindness towards me.
We all need to take time out to take our rest. This is what the holiday season enables us to do. Whether we go away or just stay in this beautiful part of our country it is important to stop doing our normal routines and take time out to recharge our batteries and renew our spirits.
It is always worth remembering that according to the Book of Genesis, God himself rested on the 7th day of creation and as a result has commanded us to do the same. Jesus himself took time out away from the disciples and the crowds who followed him to be at peace and one with his Father and was also very respectful of the sabbath despite what his critics alleged. At the very centre of creation is a profound stillness and this is what T.S. Eliot referred to as ‘the still point of the turning world’.
In our busy lives it is important to take time out and be still and know the Lord is on our side.
I hope you find this blessing for the Summer holidays helpful –
Take time to claim your strength; this is a gift from God.
Take time to have fun; it is God’s way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope; you are a child of God.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a restful and peaceful summer!
‘O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity
interpreted by love.’
Rev Alan Perry