We live amidst the drama of life, public political rows and high-level resignations on the question of Brexit and disgracefully, refugees left to drown in the sea, the death of a diver and the daring rescue of twelve boys from a cave in Thailand, the football World Cup, and firefighters and the military struggling to put out the moorland fires not very far from our chapel.
In ministry, there are committee meetings, and often the turmoil of keeping the activities of the chapel, its food bank, and all the other services it offers to the public on an even keel. There are the pastoral duties, the finance and the administration everything to consider from paper towels to the security and maintenance of the building. A lot of this depends on team working and reliance upon each other without which we could not sustain the Unitarian witness in Oldham.
Amidst the drama of everyday life, we can be so easily drawn into problems that though resolvable can escalate out of all proportion.
Essentially, our challenge in this respect is to take time to step back and to try to see things in perspective. As written in the psalms: 'Be still and know that I am God'. (46:10)
My best wishes as always,