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Thought of the Month

July

"There's a story in the Gospel of Luke where ten sick people are healed, but only one of them returns to Jesus to thank him. Being thankful is important... but for everything? "When God sends us something good, we welcome it. How can we complain when he sends us trouble?" (Job 2.10)

One of the most difficult subjects for people of faith is suffering. The Hebrew Scriptures, our Bible Old Testament, has various approaches to it. One, especially in the book of Proverbs, is to blame suffering on bad things that a person does, like a judgement from God. Another, found in many Psalms, is to complain to God about the bad things that are happening to good people, and to try to trust God for the right thing to happen soon. Another, found in the book of Job, is to (eventually) accept the sovereignty of God in all things. There are others too.

How do we make sense of these? Don't worry, I am not going to give you the completely theologically correct answer, because life's not that simple and coping with suffering is really hard.

But I am reminded to be thankful. Thankful for the good things. So, should I not accept the good and the bad from the hand of God? Our lives are always in his hands, but I easily forget this when trouble comes.

So, I thank you Lord for many good things: our lives, your calling, your provision; and for your sustaining "There's a story in the Gospel of Luke where ten sick people are healed, but only one of them returns to Jesus to thank him. Being thankful is important... but for everything? "When God sends us something good, we welcome it. How can we complain when he sends us trouble?" (Job 2.10) One of the most difficult subjects for people of faith is suffering. The Hebrew Scriptures, our Bible Old Testament, has various approaches to it. One, especially in the book of Proverbs, is to blame suffering on bad things that a person does, like a judgement from God. Another, found in many Psalms, is to complain to God about the bad things that are happening to good people, and to try to trust God for the right thing to happen soon. Another, found in the book of Job, is to (eventually) accept the sovereignty of God in all things. There are others too. How do we make sense of these? Don't worry, I am not going to give you the completely theologically correct answer, because life's not that simple and coping with suffering is really hard. But I am reminded to be thankful. Thankful for the good things. So, should I not accept the good and the bad from the hand of God? Our lives are always in his hands, but I easily forget this when trouble comes. So, I thank you Lord for many good things: our lives, your calling, your provision; and for your sustaining love through the difficult things. Help us to find faith in you when it hurts. Amen.

Graham

 

We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.

The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.

Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.

One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.

 
 

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This Month's Quote
Paul writes: Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up for If you want to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast. Do not be alarmed by adversity, but attach yourself to the Lord and do not leave him.
Sirach 2:1-11us.