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The Rockin' Rev March 2019

ROCKIN REVas published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine

 

Spring is on its way. According to my calendar it begins officially on Wednesday 20th March. There’s something about this most hopeful of seasons that awakens and enlivens us

The refreshing sights and sounds associated with spring usher in the blossoming of new life and new growth. Nature throws away the shackles of winter. Tree saps resume their movement. Animals that have been in hibernation emerge again

Spring is often a season, or a time of year, when people take on projects in their home and outside in the garden. These projects usually involve a degree of cleaning, tidying, decluttering, and throwing out

Solomon is regarded by many as one of the wisest people to have ever lived. Some of his well-known writings and sayings can be found in the Bible. For example, reflecting on his observations concerning life Solomon wrote:

 

WINTERAUTUMNThere’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
SPRINGSUMMERa time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


It’s amazing what we hang onto. And the difficulties we have in freeing ourselves from outward clutter reflect the difficulties we have in getting rid of inner clutter. Having a good spring-clean shouldn’t be restricted to our homes and gardens. It’s as important, if not more important, that we look within, that we address any feelings, habits and emotions that are making us dingy and dull; things like envy, strife, jealousy, hatred, discontentment, impatience, unkindness, revenge. We reveal all too frequently that these dingy feelings, habits and emotions reside in our hearts by the hurtful things we say to other people

A spring-clean is a time or season in your life when you make wise decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. It’s never an easy task. But if it results in a spring-like life surely it has to be worth the attention and the effort

Rev Brian Hall
Vicar, St Andrew’s Church


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