Monday, 11 May 2020

Message from our Mission Area Leader

The Rectory
11th May 2020

Dear Friends

As the weeks go by I hope that you are all keeping well and safe. We are all trying to do what we can and not be too disturbed by what we cannot do. It does seem sometimes though that we are being challenged out of our comfort zones and into new ways of working within the system we have at the moment. I don’t find this a very comfortable place to be in but I am sure that many feel the same way. I have included two pieces to share with you this morning. One is the well known piece attributed to St. Francis of Assisi and the other is from Rainer Maria Rilke. I am sure that you are all finding different pieces that give you hope comfort and strength. Would you like to pass them on to me or Norma and we can share them with the others in the M.A.?  I have found the Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community very useful with services and reflections and have been sharing them in little prayer packs every month. I can recommend it as an excellent resource.

God, Grant me the serenity to accept that the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things that I can change,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.”
St Francis of Assisi.

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart,
and try to love the questions themselves
as if they were locked rooms
or books written in a very foreign language.
Do not search for the answers, which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them. 
And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now. 
Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke.

Yours in Christ


Mission Area Leader