OUR PATH THROUGH LIFE

I wonder where is this path? Where has it come from and where is it going? Where does it begin and where does it end? Who constructed it and for what purpose?

  

  The path itself is like crazy paving and made up of all different size paving stones. It looks as it some parts have had to be repaired with fresh cement poured into the cracks to hold them firmly together and to stop anything growing up between them,

 

  The thick healthy green growing plants and shrubs, and the trees standing above them suggest to me that they have been there a long time. I wonder if this path is in a nature reserve or country estate where many visitors enjoy the countryside and the path has been constructed to allow them to easily travel from one part of the forest area to another.

  

   If I was standing there, would I feel safe? Would I be happy to walk there alone?


    If Ihadn’t been to this place before, would the way ahead look daunting or inviting? Would I want to go back to where my walk began or would I continue, believing that whoever built the path was making sure it was safe and that although I can’t see very far ahead, I know it will continue and there is a purpose for it.

   

   Unfortunately, in these sad days, it is never wise to journey along such paths alone and the undergrowth could conceal many dangers. Whatever we do, we would need to stay on the path believing that there is something special at the end of it with a reward for all who perceiver and we will be safe.


   We can compare ourselves as a church to this path. We are made up of similar material, but we come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are cracked and broken and a bit battered by our experiences in life. Our Creator can form us into a body which can be a means of support to help others on their spiritual journeys to meet Him. In His hands we can all be useful and joined with one-another we are strong.

 

  There are times when as a church we are fractured and broken by situations in our church lives. But Our Creator is always there to repair the damage and He cements us together by His love.

   

   Some think that as a church we are all a bit ‘crazy’ but, they acknowledge that we can give good service and support to all who need to find a way through a chaotic world.

  

  Those who wish to make use of us start from many different places but if they stay on the Christian path of faith that we provide they will find it easier to continue to the end of their lives’ journeys.

    

  The way ahead may be obscured from sight but with God our Creator to maintain us through His Holy Spirit, we can be sure that He has a wonderful place for weary travellers who keep firm to the faith and do not deviate from the path He has chosen for them.

     

  The world around us is beautiful but there are many dangers and constant threats that could destroy those on their journeys to God’s Kingdom. Those who follow the path of God’s church find a companion or companions helpful and an encouragement and an extra defence against whatever tries to temp away from our faith.

     

   Where are you and I placed in the church path? In what state were we when God first found us and decided to use us?   Were we damaged by problems in our own lives? How did Our Lord God repair us and work on us in order to  make us able to fit in with others in the path? We still may  be imperfect  but His love enables us to be used as we are no matter how misshapen and all of us in His hands become God’s ‘crazy paving path’ in service to those who need to find their own way to the Father.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hadn’t been to this place before, would the way ahead look daunting or inviting? Would I want to go back to where my walk began or would I continue, believing that whoever built the path was making sure it was safe and that although I can’t see very far ahead, I know it will continue and there is a purpose for it.

    Unfortunately, in these sad days, it is never wise to journey along such paths alone and the undergrowth could conceal many dangers. Whatever we do, we would need to stay on the path believing that there is something special at the end of it with a reward for all who perceiver and we will be safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hadn’t been to this place before, would the way ahead look daunting or inviting? Would I want to go back to where my walk began or would I continue, believing that whoever built the path was making sure it was safe and that although I can’t see very far ahead, I know it will continue and there is a purpose for it.

    Unfortunately, in these sad days, it is never wise to journey along such paths alone and the undergrowth could conceal many dangers. Whatever we do, we would need to stay on the path believing that there is something special at the end of it with a reward for all who perceiver and we will be safe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hadn’t been to this place before, would the way ahead look daunting or inviting? Would I want to go back to where my walk began or would I continue, believing that whoever built the path was making sure it was safe and that although I can’t see very far ahead, I know it will continue and there is a purpose for it.

    Unfortunately, in these sad days, it is never wise to journey along such paths alone and the undergrowth could conceal many dangers. Whatever we do, we would need to stay on the path believing that there is something special at the end of it with a reward for all who perceiver and we will be safe.



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CANON PETER BROOKS


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