8th October – Laura Joiner

Dear Friends,

‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46)

I’ve been on the Christ Church staff team for almost a year now, and cannot believe how the time has flown! In this time, I have learned much about the life of our church and have met some wonderful people. And, still having the responsibilities that being a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend bring, have found without doubt, that life can be extremely busy! It is about this that I would like to share a few thoughts. It’s so easy to be caught up in the ‘busy-ness’ of life – no matter who you are or what stage of life you’re in! I’ve met some incredibly active retirees who claim to be busier than they’ve ever been; modern life style makes it almost impossible not to be!

in-the-forestHowever, despite all this activity there have been many opportunities where our loving Lord has been encouraging me to simply ‘stop’. This might sound like a complete conundrum. How can I be busier than ever and be serving more, but still know that God is asking me to ‘Stop’? One of the numerous blessings of being part of the staff team here, are the amazing Staff Away Days, allowing the team here to do just that, to ‘stop’. This year the message has been to rest – to be still – to listen to God. The difference that understanding God’s command to ‘Be still and know that I am God’, is amazing. It is as important as any other command He gives us.

How many of us sometimes skip our morning prayers, or indeed our bible study, with the excuse of being ’too busy’ and simply not having enough time? Dear friends, I would encourage you to understand that God allows many ways in which we can serve Him and this includes being still. Take the time to sit and be with Him – to reflect on the wonderful love he shows us through his word and through His relationship with us. After all, when we give time to a friend over coffee, don’t we sit and listen, and talk and share? This is what our friend Jesus wants from us too – our time and attention. So, put the kettle on, settle down with a coffee and ‘be still’ with our best friend – Jesus. Then, we will know His peace, be able to rest in Him, and be able to face the ‘busy-ness’ the day brings….

Your sister in Christ,
Laura (Pastoral Assistant)