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St Paul's And Holy Cross

2nd of November 2006

Never have I had a Monday like it! Two assemblies in School (great fun as far as I am concerned), a real privilege to help children think about the world, how to live in it, what God might be like  … and then no fewer than seven meetings totalling nine and a half hours … the last one attended by an over-busy executive who rushed in from work before going for ‘tea’ at past 9.00 o’clock!  I was exhausted. I shall not plan another day like that!
God in creation has things to teach us. The rhythm of the Seasons clearly shows that unless there is the outward rest of autumn and winter, the vibrancy and activity of spring and summer would not be (I know some plants use the seasons differently – but all have their ‘dormant’ period).
Over busyness – trying to do too much – is a curse of today’s living, yet we are all caught up in it. The autumn season reminds me – yet again! – of the need for less activity, and of a renewing of the inner resources.
Do we give time, for recuperation – dare I say for “doing nothing”. It can seem such a waste of time- but if we are not renewed …
And where do we go for refreshment, renewal, so we are equipped for the business of life?
I am reminded of these words from Isaiah chapter 40:
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary, and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall:
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles: they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.                  
With my greetings
Jim Stevens

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