Message from the Manse – June/July 17

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Dear Friends

A couple of weeks ago the Coats Observatory posted online three photographs of Ravens nesting on the tower of our church. It seems that it is uncommon for Ravens to nest in more urban areas, and that they prefer the countryside. I wonder why these Ravens chose to nest on our church (maybe they have good taste in architecture or like the view from the tower?). It appears that they chose to ignore the usual rules for a nesting site, maybe they didn’t receive the briefing. It would seem that these Ravens are dissenters or non-conformists choosing to live different and distinctive lives.

As Christian people we are called to live distinctive lives which speak to our community. Many modern trends need to be questioned as we seek to live the way we should, as indicated by God’s word in the Bible. This often means going against the stream and being distinctive. But we are strengthened and blessed as we do so.

I love the summer months and love to listen to the early morning bird songs. As I have pondered on the Ravens I have been reminded of words spoken by Jesus which encourage trust in God rather than plans of our own making and material comforts.

Jesus said: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6: 26-27 NIV).

It is important that as we live we trust in God and seek to live how he would have us live. We serve a loving God who has revealed himself to us in Jesus and who will guide us in the way we should go.

Every Blessing,

Rev Theo Corney

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