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                                                                                                                                   January 2020

Dear Friends,  


So, that was that.


I don’t know about you, but for me the last few weeks and couple of months have seen a lot come and go. My sabbatical has finished. It appears (correct at time of writing!), that Brexit looks like it has (at least in part) come and gone. Christmas has come and gone. New Year has come and gone. Lots of things to look back over.


But Lent starts soon!


One of the reasons why I love Mark’s gospel is because of its drive. Mark pushes us forward in his story telling. It’s a reminder that we should be careful not to constantly look back. Jesus himself builds upon the history of the people with the Law that was given back in the Old Testament.


Over the next couple of months, we will be hearing from Martin Ashford about what he got up to last year, we will be ‘Beetling’, and I’m sure I will be sharing stories from my sabbatical of last year. But the hope is that all of this helps us enjoy today and tomorrow.


None of us really knows what’s going to happen in the future, but perhaps a test of our faith is to believe that the Spirit of God is with us to lead us on. Perhaps that’s how Jesus felt leaving whatever he was doing and going into the wilderness. Going into the unknown, but with a sense of being held by God.


So, that is that.


Maybe our prayer each day should be to be more certain of being held and led.


Hope you had a good Christmas. Hope you had a good New Year celebration.

Now, what’s next?


David Downing

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