Spring is taking its time to make an appearance. What can we learn from waiting for things to happen?
It’s officially Spring, yet despite the snowdrops, daffodils and catkins, this week of early March is bringing a blast of winter once more. Spring doesn’t seem to be here just yet. It is slow in coming. And, if you are like me, we are impatient for Spring to come in all its glory. We are impatient for Summer. When we plant our seeds, we keep looking for signs of germination and growth, we want everything to come, now.
As you may have heard at my ordination, the journey from the initial sense of call to ministry to finally being ordained last week, spanned many years. It was a slow process with many humps and bumps on the way. Sometimes I really wondered if I had heard God’s voice aright, but then something would happen, and that sense of call grew stronger. So, what was happening during all those years? I would say that it was the slowness of discipleship, like the seeds planted in the ground, steadily germinating and growing.
Easter is still a month away, even though the shops suggest otherwise with their displays of eggs and bunnies. We long for Easter and resurrection glory, but we are called to the slow walk of discipleship through Lent. Discipleship isn’t always glorious, like Spring. Often discipleship is hard-going, painful, and confusing. The German theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, famously stated that ‘When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die’. Bonhoeffer was murdered on the orders of Hitler just a month before the end of WW2.
Spring is coming, Easter is coming, resurrection glory is coming, but for now we are all called to the slow and steady walk of discipleship. God calls us to walk humbly, and sometimes we might feel lost, yet as we walk the path of discipleship, God walks with us by the Spirit and God is always calling us onto new adventures.
In the run up to Christmas, Fran reminds us what it is really all about
A mirror gives new perspective on how we see things.
A misadventure with a chair while having a coffee is a lesson in grace.
A bit different from the new year we are used to celebrating but Fran tells us why September is also an exciting start to the year.
In this study, we look at the final Declaration of Principle..
As we joyfully celebrate a baptism in church Fran draws parallels between the act of being baptised and brewing tea.
We all have someone, or something, we look to for guidance: our authority. As Christians we say that Jesus is Lord
Our third part of our Bible Study looks at the Lord’s Supper
Fran took part in the Unlock Walk this year. Here are some musings from her experience.
As part of our bible study, we look into what it means to be Baptist. This lesson reminds us of our responsibilities as well as the historical relevance of being Baptist.