Superintendents Letter - 29th July 2020
Below is this week's letter from our Superintendents, reflecting on how we put ourselves and our own wellbeing as a priority at a time when there is so much to do in aid of others.
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Birmingham Methodist Circuit,
Jesus replied to the question, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”, by answering:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:37
Jesus taught that life in all its fullness comes from loving God with the whole of our being; with our heart, our soul and our mind. Central to his ministry was the bringing of healing and renewal to people who were seeking meaning and purpose for their lives. Wholeness of body, mind and spirit comes as we bring to God all that we are, our hopes, our dreams, our regrets, our shame and discover that by the grace of God we are offered forgiveness and a sure and steadfast hope through Jesus.
Being confined to our homes during lockdown has been difficult for many of us and particularly hard for those people living in overcrowded housing, struggling with relationships or living in isolation. Children have missed out on their education and development in school and people living in poverty have had to rely heavily on foodbanks.
Wellbeing is a priority for us all as a holistic approach to caring for ourselves and others in both body, mind and spirit. Many initiatives are helping to increase people’s wellbeing. One example has been the Dance to Health classes that have been held at Lozells Methodist Community Centre, Handsworth and Ladywood before Covid 19, see the video below. The classes have helped with physical and mental wellbeing and members hope that they will resume when it is safe to gather again.
Meanwhile, during lockdown, have we found new ways of attending to our own wellbeing, our body, mind and spirit? In particular have we heard the deep groaning of our souls seeking refreshment and renewal?
We hope that during August we may all find some ‘soul time’ for ourselves; to take refuge and rest in God’s presence; to be refreshed by the living water of the Holy Spirit; to set time apart for the things that are life giving and to discover the hope that comes from God in Jesus. He is the ‘anchor of the soul’ that keeps us grounded and secure in God’s love when the storms of life cause us to drift.
The writer to the Hebrews said about Jesus:
“…we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…“ Hebrews 6:19
The Boys Brigade have a favourite hymn that asks the question: ‘Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?’ These past few months during lockdown have been tough in many ways. What has helped to anchor you during the storm? Have you found yourself adrift or has the anchor kept you safe?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
fastened to the rock that cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.
(Priscilla Jane Owens (1829-1907)
Grace and peace to you through these uncertain yet hope full times.
Alison, Neil and Nick
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