Church News | Saturday, 5 May 2012 |
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Speaking for myself I'm a bit of both depending on the situation. If I make any plans I do so with the thought that nothing is certain and if something happens to scupper the arrangements, I won't feel too disappointed. So I suppose that generally I go through life with an air of caution, rather than expecting everything to be just fine.
In January of this year, permission for me to officiate as a Lay Reader came to an end. This raised the question of whether I should apply for a one year extension or three. Maybe it was even time to retire. When we reach the age of seventy, an application has to be made every three years, so as this would be for the third time of asking, there are no prizes for guessing my age.
Pessimistically I felt that it should be for one year, but a wave of optimism urged me to write to the Rt Revd John Wraw, Bishop of Bradwell and ask for the three year extension. It was necessary for Carolyn, our Vicar, to give me her support so when she received communication about my application, her words to me were, ‘I've given you the thumbs up’. In my letter to the Bishop I put it a bit differently by saying that I had my Vicar's blessing. Either way it endorsed our mutual agreement to continue working together and for me to remain part of the ministry team.
Needless to say I am less active than when I was licensed as a Reader in 1994, but Carolyn is aware of my limitations, and while I have a measure of health and strength and remain sound in mind, I am delighted to continue to serve God in our lovely Church of St. Mary with St. Leonard.
My thanks to everyone who has given me so much support and encouragement over the past eighteen years.
Yours in His service