Ministers Message – December 2018

I want my way!

What do you do when you don’t get your way? If you are anything like me, there will be numerous occasions each week where things don’t go the way you planned and you are left disappointed, frustrated or even angry. How do you deal with those feelings?

Talking as someone that likes things to be perfect, when what I plan goes wrong it can usually spiral me into a really grumpy mood. For others I know, they go around gossiping about the person who got it wrong, while others plan how to get their own back.

Over the last few days I have been reflecting on this theme and I realised the extraordinary way in which God got his own way.

Knowing that the world had gone wrong and wanting to put things right, the way they were meant to be, God didn’t throw his toys out the pram, he didn’t get angry or miserable, but he sent his beloved Son to earth to share our ways, to share our life.

In his pain and in his determination to see things put right he offered more of himself. When faced with something we don’t like or disagree with, how often do we follow this example and give more of ourselves to help put things right? How often do we give more of ourselves without moaning, complaining and grumbling?

May this Advent be a time of trying to be more peaceful and giving more of ourselves in creating good relationships and peaceful communities.

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