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Only by faith…

#378 For the past few days I’ve been having some #anxieties about a few #decisions I’m in the process of considering regarding next steps after #theologicalcollege. I wondered whether some sort of #timemachine or #telescopetothefuture might help to settle any concerns I have…I then realised that that could make it worse! I wonder if the future is something we find out about only when we’re truly ready or #equipped to handle it? Had I known this time last year all that would have occurred in the last twelve months, I fear it may have been too much to cope with in one go: the positive would have been met with #disbelief and feelings of #insufficiency; and the negative with #fear, #upset or even #desperation. A key thing which may be missing here is #faith…by faith I trust that God has it all worked out, by faith I trust that I and others are #listeningtogod and by faith I trust that God gives us all that we need, in good time, to deal with whatever comes our way. When I stop and meditate on the awesomeness of God, and on His abundant grace and mercy, I realise the last thing I need is a time machine!!

Right or wrong

#351 I had a brilliant tutorial around the #theologyofgrace It’s amazing how people come to such different conclusions after looking at the same information and ideas. I love the #diversityofthemind. God created each of us, and gave us all the capacity to think, reason and draw conclusions which is both amazing and scary – we could get things right, or so fundamentally wrong!

End of Office

#295 Finally the presidential staff has been passed on. I have been the President of the Common Room at college since October, and the initials on the staff are a testament of those who have gone before me. It has genuinely been a joy and a privilege, and I have loved every minute of it. Equally though, I am keen to watch others grow in a role which contributes so strongly to #formation for ministry. Today I pray for all those in positions of leadership, that they may be blessed with #wisdom and #discernment, #humility and #grace. Amen.

#99 “Lord who may dwell in your tabernacle? Who may rest on your holy hill?” All of us are #unworthy and yet by #grace we will all be able to enter with the #kingofglory #psalm15 (at Ripon College Cuddesdon)

#20 Patience is a virtue…more difficult by car! This morning we drove into the Peak District for one last time before we move. It was so incredibly busy and slow on the road with cyclists, motorbikes and slow vehicles eager to take in the countryside… I must confess to being slightly impatient! I clicked in to morning prayer this morning only to find the reading for today was about patience!!!! “Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” Hmmm…that’s me told!
#patience #virtue #sundaydrivers #grace

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