EAT     ?     SLEEP, REPEAT!


    I wonder if you've ever seen these logo's on mugs, t-shirts or maybe on Facebook.  It often feels like our lives are one continuous cyle of repeated activity.  I wonder what you would put in the blank space - EAT, ..... SLEEP, REPEAT.  What takes up your waking hours?  Maybe it's changing nappies or working late?  Maybe it's picking up a teenager from yet another night out?  Maybe your day is filled with boredom and your blank space would be filled with TV or Instagram or maybe the daily shop?  Whatever it is, sometimes it feels like it would be good to do something a little different.  Maybe take a break or maybe something which will help you to make sense of your life?

    I recently saw this slogan on a mug and it reminded me that God is interested in my life, and is there through its cycle, through the mundane, the necesary and the challenging times.  If only I would stop and be still, remembering that God is with me, He's interested in me and is just waiting for me to speak to Him.  The famous hymn says 'What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear...Oh what peace we often forfeit, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.'

    1st March is the beginning of LENT.  A special tme of year when Christians re-focus and commit to stepping back, reflecting and getting ready for the events which took place on that first Easter weekend, when Christ died, returned to life and through His sacrifice of love made forgiveness possible and life in all its fullness.

    I pray that God blesses you and keeps you in all that you are involved with at the moment.

    I extend an invitation for you to come to our Wednesday morning Bible study - 9.30am to 11am, starting 1st March, or one of our services on Sunday at 9.30am and 11am.  You will always be welcome at any of our activiteies listed here on our website, including our Heritage Cafe on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1.30pm to 4pm, where you can look around the Church, sit in our prayer area or enjoy tea and cake in the cafe. 


    Rev Canon Julie Fleming

    Vicar St Mary's




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