Welcome to Revd Sue's Message Page.

Dear Friends,

Here we are in our thirteenth week since lock down began and we have had the good news that in the very near future we are allowed to hold church services again

It’s true that we may have restrictions on what we can safely do, but essentially it feels to me like the journey back to some sort of recognizable behaviour is underway. So how have we been during these very strange and different weeks?

Perhaps for many people it has been a case of good days and bad days, but I hope that the good has outweighed the bad. I have been very surprised at how settled and deeply content I have been - I am an extrovert and am energized by being with people so I expected that I would struggle with being on my own for long periods of time. It has not, however, been like that; I have had the opportunity to grow closer to God and spend more time in prayer and simply being with God.

I have, however, had occasions when I have felt miserable for no apparent reason. My wise family have said “This is normal, mum, it is a strange and challenging time!” So what do we do when we have an ‘off-day’? St Ignatius of Loyola, an ancient monk who guided many other monks, students of faith and pilgrims wanting to deepen and develop their relationship with God,said that ‘when a bad thought entered his mind, he resisted it promptly and if it returned again and again he kept on resisting it until it went away.’ (ref Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola’) He encouraged others to do the same.

When negative thoughts enter our mind we are encouraged to resist them and I find the best way of doing this is to deliberately think of something else: something uplifting and encouraging and I do find this helps me. With this in mind, I leave you with some adapted words from Psalm 62 to help lift all our spirits and draw us closer to God.

Extract from Psalm 62 Redux by Carla Grosch-Miller
For you alone my soul waits in silence,
You, my home and my hope.
In You, I rest secure.
Drawing from Your deep well,
I am strengthened.
In the face of the derisive sneer,
the dismissive outburst,
the thoughtless jab,
the blank stare,
I stand still,
listening for the kernels of truth,
separating the wheat from chaff.
The core of my being is firm and gentle
I know who I am.
There is room in me to love the unlovely,
to ponder slings and arrows
without retribution,
to remain quiet when there is nothing to say
and to speak when it is time to speak.
The whole of my being
is held in Your steady hands.
I have nothing to fear,
and everything to learn.

Revd Sue.