May 2014

Dear Friends,

I was recently having some trouble with my watch. I realised that it was sometimes losing time, or stopping for a few minutes before starting up again. (I have that problem with hills!). I also discovered the hard way that if I took my watch off then it stopped altogether. I say that I learned this the hard way – but so did my audience as I had deliberately taken it off in order to keep track of time in a clock free room and found that keeping track of time was impossible.

So may have rambled on more than usual. “How strange” I remarked to the (patiently listening albeit with their eyes closed) Women’s Group “that at the very point I needed my watch to work it has stopped”. What I found even more strange as I walked home later on was that my watch began to work again. Being back next to my skin seemed to renew it’s energy until at last I did go and get the battery changed.

But there was something about that incident that has stayed with me. The fact that without being close to me, the watch stopped all together. It made me think about my relationship with God. Sometimes that can feel sluggish. Sometimes I do not feel able to sense his presence. But that is often because I have made myself absent. A living faith needs connection. I need to stay close to God in order to be aware that he is with me and to be revitalised and refreshed by his love and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in my life. As Paul says in Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Staying close to God – that is what is needed to make me tick.

God bless,