Vicar's letter for October Fowey News

HOPE

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

This quote from an unknown source is a helpful reminder that there will always be change and there are many unknowns ahead. Today you may feel you are at a crossroad in life or perhaps the future seems uncertain.

To know where we have come from is enormously helpful, to know how we have been shaped by those around us, the culture and place can be a source of rootedness, belonging and security. But what happens when all that is thrown up in the air? Where will I get my security and how can I look forward?

This is where hope comes in. Hope is shaped by the good things in the past as well as knowing we will get through it. For the follower of Jesus, this hope is not a blind faith or a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude in the face of the storm in front of us.

Hope is seeing today as a gift of God. When we are tempted to say to the person in front of us, ‘I am sorry, I only have 10 minutes’, instead we can say ‘we have the gift of 10 minutes, what would you like to talk about?’ If someone were to ask you, ‘what would you like to talk about’ what would you share? Perhaps a fear, a pain, a hope, a joy, or a celebration?

Hope is also having a clear purpose. In the 1st century there was very little hope. Most people were living a subsistence life and yet hope came as a gift from God in the form of a man. Everywhere he went he gave hope. He healed, he spoke a kind word, he confronted hypocrisy and brought a revolutionary message of love and unity that transcended the poverty and suffering around him. He brought purpose to lives that were drifting along. His words, his actions, his touch were the source of hope. He constantly drew people to himself and people couldn’t help but be changed. Because of the hope.

Followers of Jesus are told that their greatest calling is to be the hope for others and share that hope with complete abandon. Hope and generosity go hand in hand.

If you would like the gift of hope that Jesus offers you then it would be great to have a chat with you or see you at one of our gatherings. We have many ways of demonstrating the hope Jesus brings, whether it is through the traditions that have been passed on to us for centuries or new contemporary expressions.

Do you need hope? Is your ‘tomorrow a mystery’? There is one person who can fill you with hope. Over the coming weeks we will be exploring what hope is, how we can have it and how to share it.

I look forward to seeing you at Fowey parish church.

Revd Ian Gulland

iangulland@gmail.com