Spiritual Life: The one constant is the love of God

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 July 2018


To most people the 4th of July means The American Declaration of Independence in 1776. For me it is a reminder of my being made deacon in Chelmsford Cathedral on July 4, 1993.

So I have been a cleric for 25 years.

I did keep up contact with West Hatch, where I had taught for over 30 years. One of the things that it was difficult to get across, especially pupils, was the wide variety of activities in which the clergy are involved, but with no significant pattern.

Sundays were predictable, the rest of the week, events driven.

As a teacher I went to school and returned home, as a priest I might be anywhere!

Thinking back over the years there have been great changes.

As I retired from teaching computing was in its infancy, the digital and communications revolution in embryonic form.

Europe was at last free, the Nazis had been defeated through World War II, leaving Communism free to enslave most of Eastern Europe till 1989.

From the 90s I remember the battles of the Major government to get the Maastricht Treaty through parliament. There are still tensions in society but they are different from those that have gone before, because social media and smart technology can pry into every aspect of our lives.

The one constant in all this is the love and care of God for his people whose needs change with the changing world.

So with all the trials and tribulations which may beset us I give thanks for one permanence in life…the love of God.

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