A couple of days ago, Millie and myself popped across to Bolton to call in at my mum’s house, to help mark the start of the the celebration of her 80th birthday! To my slight shame, I’ve not been across to the house recently, so was surprised to see a newly painted and carpeted living and dining room, together with a new greenhouse, standing proudly in the back garden. "You’ve changed things!” I exclaimed, as it was the first improvement as far as I’m aware that she has undertaken since she and my late dad moved in over 20 years ago.
For some reason – and following the usual stereotype, I don’t associate change with older folk. However, if anything, living over the course of a long life, change inevitably comes along, welcome or otherwise. Certainly reflecting on my mum’s own experience, she has encountered much. Born during WW2, she experienced rationing as a child, was married at 22, and went on to have 4 children. She has experienced the death of a child in infancy, and also her husband in later life, and has moved house 4 times. However, rather than settle for a quiet life in latter years, she is currently planning her latest trip across the Atlantic Ocean to Seattle to meet for the first time her latest grandchild. If asked, I’m sure she would claim “life is for living”, aided I’m sure by an extrovert gene that mainly passed me by!
Once again, the sentiments of “life in its' fulness” were shared over the course of last weekend; the offer of Jesus, featuring in our Sunday AGM Bible reading, as well as often being mentioned as a bedrock of all the activities that operate under our roof, when telling the story of the ministry of Brunswick Church over the years, as a part of our Refurb weekend. And of course our Refurb plans will involve considerable change too, change which I trust we can all support.
Yes, life is for living, as we partake in the adventure of life and that which God has called us to. For a number of us, we were privileged to witness at Richard's induction last Tuesday, the change in life and role that he has chosen to undertake, now serving as Rector of Holy Innocent’s church. May we too, encouraged by his example, look to embrace both situations and opportunities for chance that come our way.