10 Years On

This month will be the tenth anniversary of my induction to this pastorate. Sometimes it feels like it’s flown by. With my sabbatical and then our discussions about St. Columba’s future the last couple of months have been a time for me to wonder if am I called to remain or Covxit? The more I’ve prayed, the more I still feel the challenge to be here – we have planning permission for the redevelopment, we have interest in the Church Related Community Work post, we have new people coming into the congregation. In addition I was delighted that St. Columba’s have decided to stay open for at least the next year, it was a brave decision taken for lots of positive reasons – not least conversations about new initiatives. Hence, I find myself excited for this new year, looking forward to the challenges and opportunities, wondering quite how we can fit it all in!

Today is known as #bluemonday by some, but the tune I’ve been humming is “Let the Day Begin”by The Call

Here’s to the babies in a brand new world
Here’s to the beauty of the stars
Here’s to the travellers on the open road
Here’s to the dreamers in the bars

Here’s to the teachers in the crowded rooms
Here’s to the workers in the fields
Here’s to the preachers of the sacred words
Here’s to the drivers at the wheel

Here’s to the wisdom from the mouths of babes
Here’s to the lions in the cage
Here’s to the struggles of the silent war
Here’s to the closing of the age.

Here’s to you my little loves with blessings from above
Now let the day begin

It’s a wonderfully positive song that opens up all the potential of each new day and beautifully sums up my own excitement for all God has in store for us. So let the day begin.

be blessed


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