This week I have been learning new skills. Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a terrible gardener. I try really hard to keep plants alive but somehow still manage to kill them. In fact, my dad gave me a clipping of a plant for the garden a few years ago, claiming that it was “unkillable”, needless to say it was dead within a few weeks. Despite my terrible track record, I decided to join in with the Women’s Footprints Group on Monday who were doing a gardening workshop. It quickly became apparent that all of us had similar stories of accidentally killing plants. Yet, as we listened to the expert and shared some of our combined knowledge, each of us grew in confidence, learned some basics that were very new to many of us and felt empowered and inspired to do more.
As I think about this event, I can’t help but notice the similarities between this and the promises that we make as a church during the baptism service. I had the privilege of baptising Rosalia on Sunday and during the service we, as a church, promised to support her and her family in their life and growth in faith. Living out a life of faith is really difficult as individuals there are all sorts of challenges; being busy, the disappointments and difficulties that we face in life, the horrendous atrocities that are played out on the world’s stage or simply our lack of understanding of God. Sometimes the life we experience makes God seem too distant or too hard to believe in. Yet, when we join together as community, spur each other on, support each other, share our stories of faith and pray for one another, we grow in knowledge and in confidence and we feel empowered and inspired in our faith. As the writer of Hebrews says:
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:23-25)
Have a great week whatever you are doing and why not consider joining a midweek fellowship group as we seek to live as a supportive faith community.