From the Vicar_February 2012
Posted by on Thursday, February 16, 2012
Under: Vicar's Monthly Letters
Dear Friends in the Parish and beyond,
Those of you who come to services at the church will know that we are having a series of sermons at present on "Modern Christians we can admire." It wasn't my suggestion - I wish I had thought of it! Seven people have offered or been cajoled into choosing people to speak on and their subjects have ranged all over the twentieth century:
Canon Andrew White
(chaplain in Baghdad at present),
(who went as a missionary to India),
Joni Eareckson Tada
(paralysed after a swimming accident),
C. S. Lewis
What has struck me is the enormous pain that all of them have suffered at times, and which gives their stories authority and power. If they have a strong faith despite what they have gone through, that must encourage and challenge us.
I see the same thing in some people I know who are seriously ill or who have lost close relatives: a huge dignity and courage despite the pain they are going through.
Lent, which starts in February, is about Jesus beginning his time of ministry with 40 days of harsh living and having his faith tested. And, of course, his few years of ministry led on to the cross. Our Christian faith isn't about the tinsel of Christmas decorations or about smiles, happiness and pretty songs and hymns. It's about a God who meets us in the hardest times, who went through it himself, and who is there for us to hang on to. That's a real faith worth hanging on to!
With best wishes
P. S. To read our sermon series: Modern Christians we can admire, go to our sermons
page to download them and read at your own leisure.
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