Listening – No man is an Island
“No man is an island, entire of itself…”
You’ve probably heard this phrase. It originally came from the seventeenth century priest and devotional writer John Donne. It has been much quoted since and been used as the title for a famous 1960’s film.
Our first reading this Sunday is from Isaiah 49
“Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me… Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward
is with my God.”
For the weeks leading up to Lent, in the services on Sunday, we will be thinking about what it means to be Living in Christ and how this is different to
living for ourselves alone.
Surely as Christmas reminds us – God is with us. We are not alone.
As we start off this new year, it is good to remember to listen to others,
to listen to God, to Christ, to the Holy Spirit’s promptings within us.
It is far too easy in the hustle and bustle, in the clatter and banter of the world to miss out on hearing God speak to us.
When we forget that we are only fully whole when we are with God,
we come adrift from God’s wonderful plan and purpose for our life.
I hope that you will join with me over the coming weeks as we explore what it means for God to be with us, Living in Christ.
With every blessing
Rev Stuart Huntley, Rector.