Many of us will be going on journeys this summer. Mary and I are heading for the French Alps, near to where my mother was born, for our traditional dose of Mediterranean-style heat and dramatic scenery (heat for Mary, scenery for me!).
Our journey will take us across the killing fields of the Western Front, now gentle farmland dotted with memorials, and down through the heart of France via Troyes, until finally we reach the mountains of the Belledonne range in the Dauphiné Alps, near La Route Napoléon, which commemorates the emperor’s return journey from Elba in 1815. France is, of course, a country which has suffered much bloodshed in its history, most recently at the hands of terrorists.
Whatever our journey this summer, and its uncertainties, Psalm 46 v3-5 urges us: “Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – he remains faithful forever.”
Trusting in the Lord as we travel, our thoughts will be with those whose personal and spiritual journey takes them from us to new places: not just Abbie and Freddie our interns, who always sadly leave us at this time, but Cheryl (our former children’s minister) and James, and Dave (our curate) and Catherine – along with their respective families. We praise God for their ministries within our church family. We will also be thinking of you on your journeys, possibly through personal challenge or discouragement, as well as summer travel plans.
Wherever we travel this summer, let us commit our way to the Lord – “he remains faithful forever”.
Yours in Christ
David Hall (Vicar)