After an earlier than usual start to allow me the time to complete my chaplaincy duties at the YMCA, I had picked up my Cambridge students from their house, in good time to make the 10am mid week communion service at Holy Angels Salford. After visiting a church further afield in Clifton, before then making our way back to hear a presentation on the Heartedge movement at Sacred Trinity Church, I drove the students back. A free 20 minutes in the late afternoon allowed me to mow their front lawn (don’t ask!), before setting off home, to prepare for that evening’s PCC. However, en route, I popped into Lidl Salford, which as well as stocking loose almonds (unlike its Longsight counterpart), was also going to be the shop whereby I could use my 10% off coupon which was due to expire at the end of the day. The trolley was loaded higher than usual (well… I do like to make the most of any discount!), but there was room to add some ice cream for Jed, so I phoned him to find out his favourite flavour. And then… disaster! In the midst of our conversation, my phone died: no power, no coupon to redeem, no saved bank cards to use. My phone, devoid of power, previously my diary, planner, wallet, communicator and computer (and so much more), was no longer any use to me.
In our Sunday sermons at church, we’re now approaching the end of a series spent in the first half of Paul’s letter to the Romans. From Pau’s perspective and experience, it was clear our lives do have purpose, have immense use, and are equipped with the power of Christ’s spirit. As he writes (and echoing similar sentiments expressed in Ephesians 1):
If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.
Things indeed may not always be straightforward for us, despite our best intentions or pre planning. However, be assured that we are provided with all the power and support that we require!
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