Thought For The Week 5 July 2020
Kia ora whanau,
I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to having a well-earned rest over the school holidays. Looking back over the changes we’ve experienced over the last few months it is hard to see where we had the chance to breathe in between! I’d like to thank you once more for your perseverance and faithfulness during this time.
We have two more weeks until things go back to “normal” with our worship services, whatever “normal” means! In the meantime I’d encourage you to enjoy our times of shared worship. To taste and experience something different to what you’re used to. Things are different, and not always comfortable, but there are gifts for us in being outside our comfort zone. Notice the good things. Notice the blessings. Be kind to one another.
“Be kind.” That’s the buzz word at the moment, isn’t it? Andrea often encourages me to be kind to myself. I think many of us need that sort of encouragement, especially at a time when everything has been turned upside down by this pandemic.
In the last weekend of the holidays I am looking forward to sharing an evening with the Rhythm Kids families over board games and food. Our hope with gatherings like this is that we can grow from kindness towards caring; from friendliness towards faith. All of this starts with kindness – with treating one another the way in which Jesus treats us. With kindness and with compassion. With encouragement and with love.