come to an end' are words from Psalm 119 verse 96 which happens
to be the longest psalm with 176 verses!
When some things come to an end, many people breathe a sigh of
relief. World Wars come to an end, and people on all sides
look back and reflect on the waste and the horror and the
defeats, as well as on the victories and the gains. Every ending
makes for a new beginning. As an old saying puts it, 'One door
closes but another opens.'
at Silton has been a few Sundays short of six years. Now, for
family and personal reasons, the time has come to make the
decision to retire. My final service in Silton Church will be
on Sunday 25th November. The last Sunday of the Church's year.
The Church's new year begins on Advent Sunday, 2nd December,
with its traditional looking forward to Christmas Day and the
celebration of a new beginning with the birth of Jesus in that
stable in Bethlehem. As you know, the calendar year ends on
31st December and the New Year starts on 1st January; the first
month of the year named after the Roman god 'Janus' who had two
faces; with one he looked back and with the other he looked
forward – as one does at the New Year.
not be troubled by endings; after all, we experience the ending
of every day throughout our lives. A mini-rehearsal for the
Real Thing! When we do come to our own ending – and we will -
do not be afraid. One day we will lay us down in peace
with rich thanksgiving for all we have known in the past, then
discover that we wake to that new beginning which has no ending.
thanks to God who guided my steps to that day I walked up the
path to St Nicholas Church for the first time and saw that
magnificent view in all its glory; then to enter into the
beauty of holiness held within the walls of that ancient
building. I know that God continues with me, and will lead me
into all that is yet to be.
Silton for sharing these past six years with me, in all times of
joy and celebration, as well as in those times of tears and
troubles. Silton has seen much and done much throughout past
years. And Silton will continue to do much more in the years
that lie ahead. May the coming years bring us love, joy, and
wife, Sue, joins me in wishing you all that is best, now and for
you every single day.