As G.K. Chesterton so concisely wrote: ‘It is not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting, but tried and found difficult.’ Life has many roads to travel. We choose the road on which the shadow of the cross falls. It always leads to freedom and to victory when the final lap of the race is run. We speak of the reigns of the Herods and Caesars with pity and disdain, but the names of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ live on as those for whom life was lived with devotion and courage.”
Let us pray: O Lord, you send us into the world to do your will, and we are afraid. The Herods who hold the power and who threaten us frighten us. You send us to preach good news, but there are those who would rather control the flow of information and censure the proclamation of freedom for their own purposes. You send us to cast out demons, but there are many who prefer the demons they know to the wholeness they do not understand. You send us to heal the sick, but the powers and principalities need people to be dependent and ill. O Lord, being your disciple in this world is difficult, and we are always tempted to turn back. Give us the courage to know that no Herod, no power, no opponent, no evil can destroy your will and that all who proclaim your kingdom will experience wonders of grace and will find rest for their souls. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Your Brother in Christ, Mike Simpson, Locum Vicar.