LETTER FROM A MINISTER
At the end of August we moved over to Milton Keynes. It has been 8 years of travelling to and fro from Wellingborough. And for 7 and a half years it was fine. I fitted the travel, time away from family, worship preparation and visiting into the spaces I had and just made sure I was super organised, having with me all the stuff I needed (including food!). Some days were 8am-10pm but other days I worked at home and so it balanced out. And for 7 and a half years it was OK.
But once I knew things were going to change, my attitude to the arrangement changed. It started to be harder to plan everything and fit it in, I got lax at planning ahead and forgot things or made mistakes with meetings and I found myself thinking ‘It will be easier when I live over this way….’ And it got me thinking about how we adjust to life. And how we accommodate and manage and survive, as long as we have to. We are incredibly resilient, aren’t we? But also it got me thinking about how we soon adjust to new normality. Since then we have moved into a new house, I have begun as the minister at a second Church (in Wolverton), my son has gone to university, my husband has gone back to part-time study and whilst one daughter has begun a PGCE, the other been told she is at risk of redundancy. It has been overwhelming and exciting all at once, and so far I am still standing and able to function!
We are human beings, created to be pilgrims, people who journey and travel on, people of change and transformation; people of relationships and connections; people of emotion and activity. Sometimes when we are faced by changes in life it can be OK, and other times it is overwhelming; it can be joyful or desperately sad. Whatever we face and however we respond, the blessing we all have as People of the Way is the love of God to sustain us. It doesn’t mean that everything is going to be fine and dandy all the time, but it does mean that we are never alone and that there is always hope and whatever we face, particularly if we are part of a worshipping community too, we will find help and care from other people along the journey. And at the moment I, for one, am making full use of all these reassurances as I adjust and accommodate these new beginnings and changes!
Revd Jenny Mills, United Reformed Church