From the Rector
It’s the time of year when many of us will travel further than at any other time, as we head off for a summer break, maybe elsewhere in the UK, or perhaps abroad, to Europe or even further afield.
Wherever we decide to go for our summer holiday, travelling will be involved and the further away our destination, the more demanding the journey.
For some people the journey itself will be part of the fun of the break. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy train, boat and air travel, though I find car journeys, certainly on our own crowded roads, more of a challenge. But for others, the journey itself will be something of an ordeal, as they battle with travel sickness or the psychological problems of fear of boats and aeroplanes.
It’s also the time of year when so many of our children and young people are trying to cope with the travelling that is a necessary part of moving from one academic year to the next.
Children in year 6 in our Primary Schools will be steeling themselves for that big move up to secondary school, school leavers for that equally big step into university, college or first employment.
For many of them this can be a stressful time, as the inevitable fears of the unknown weigh heavily on their minds.
The earthly ministry of Jesus was an itinerant one.
He could have stayed where he felt at home, where everything was more or less familiar, in Nazareth and Capernaum, in Galilee. But he knew that his calling was to make the love and truth of God as widely known as possible, so he kept moving on, leaving behind what he found safe and known and embracing fresh challenges, new people and unknown territory.
Sometimes travelling on from what we know well to pastures new can be taxing and frightening.
We can be tempted to stay put and stay safe. But change and challenge are all part of the process of becoming the people God wants us to be.
This summer, pray for our children and young people as they prepare to move on and pray that we may be given the courage to embrace every new possibility with trust and hope.