2. Oct, 2018

Ros's October letter

As I write this, we have just celebrated Harvest, a time of thanksgiving. We continue the thanksgiving as we celebrate our Church Anniversary in the next few weeks. At Harvest we are reminded of God's faithfulness in bringing the harvest and in his care and provision for us on a daily basis. As we celebrate our Church Anniversary we remind ourselves of God's presence with us and his care and protection for us as a fellowship throughout our history. It is a time of celebration and thanksgiving as we remind ourselves that God has been so good to us over the years. He has been at work throughout the history of Swanwick Baptist Church. We look back and remember his faithfulness, we celebrate his presence with us in the present and we look forward to our future journey with him in hope.

The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3)

Our present situation is far crom calm and peaceful as we go through some very turbulant times of uncertainty which leave us wondering what the future holds for us. But we can hold on to the fact that we are precious to God and he both knows whate we are going through and cares about us. During this last week, just when I needed some comfort, ny readings for the day have been encouraging and have helped to life my eyes from what is happening and on to our amazing God who can always be relied on and is our rock in times of trouble.

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes: its leaves are always green. (Jeremiah 17:7)

This week I went for a walk with a friend in the grounds of Newstead Abbey. It was a lovely day weather wise - mainly sunny and beautiful blue skies, and warm. It was a peaceful time for me in the midst of the difficulties of life, surrounded by the beauty of the woodland with the vivid colours of the leaves changing colour. But in amongst the calm of that day we could see the damage and debris caused by  the recent high winds and heavy rain. At the least this meant that there were plenty of conkers to collect. My friend claimed she wanted them to keep spiders at bay! For some reason, something to do with my warped way of thinking, I kept thingking of Paul's words:

What shalle we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:11 & 17)

These may be difficult times for us and we don't know what the future holds. But we can have confidence in God who hasn't finished with us yet!

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

May God bless us and keep us.

Ros