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Group Pastoral Letter for
June 2019


 
Dear Friends,

As we enter the middle of the year I find myself thinking how quickly time is passing!
 
For me, June is always a month full of mixed emotions, happiness of birthday celebrations, sadness of my Dad's passing and another Father's Day without him and thankfulness of his life and my memories to treasure.
 
My Dad and I shared the same enjoyment for walking and over the years had walked some challenging paths, always completing the routes and feeling pleased with achievement.

More recently my eldest daughter walks with me and I recently found myself remembering a route we walked whilst on holiday in Devon.
 

It was from Beer to Branston and was approximately 3miles. The beginning started with a steep incline taking us onto the cliff tops where the views were breathtaking. As we continued we had to pass through a field full of cattle, some had gathered around the gate we had to exit from, Ella and I were both fretful of them but managed to gain the courage to pass. When we reached the end and was overlooking Branston, it was again a wonderful view!

But was then faced with steep steps to descend.
 
I found myself thinking 'what goes up, must come down!'
 
And did so, on my bottom!

Who would of thought a walk of such a short distance was going to be such a challenge for us....

Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant my own
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me
Uphold me to the end
And then to rest receive me
My Saviour and my Friend.

Our lives are full of challenging moments and can be referenced as a journey - each our own personal pilgrimage.  As we walk our journey let's take the time to take in the beauty around us, let's try not to look down at muddy puddles, but up at glorious rainbows, and know that Jesus walks beside us, admiring his creation too and ready to carry us when needed.

May God the Father who created you, guide your footsteps
May God the Son who redeemed you, share your journey
May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you, lead you on life's pilgrimage
And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you wherever you may go

 

With love and blessings,

 

Lisa


 
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