THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION
by Revd Tony Berry, Rector
Why do you stand far off, O Lord? Why do you hide Yourself in times of trouble? Psalm 10 v 1
You might think this is a rather negative verse to choose for a thought which is meant to be encouraging. It might indeed be negative, but it is also completely honest. The writer is not writing something that only they have experienced, this has been a universal feeling for individuals for millennia.
But of course it is not the only story. Running alongside that vein of a sense of being abandoned, for others there is also a vein of a sense of the presence of God in those very same times.
How is it that people of faith can come to such very different conclusions about the reality of God’s presence or lack of it? One thing is for sure, if God is who we think He is, the problem does not lie with him. And maybe even the word “problem” is not the right word to use.
Perhaps it is our sense of injustice and unfairness that leads us to feel He is not around when we need him most. Yet maybe He is present in that very sense of injustice, perhaps He is present in our sense of pain and grief. Maybe He is making His presence felt through those very feelings that lead us to conclude He is far away, or hiding. Where is he in those times of trouble ?- He is in us who have opened up our lives to HIm. He is in those acts of kindness and support we seek to offer to others.
The questions the Psalmist is asking are very real and genuine and come from real and genuine feelings; but the answers to them may not be as frightening as those feelings may seem to suggest.
Lord when I don’t sense your presence and feel lost and alone, remind of your promise to never leave me or forsake me.
A message from Revd David Grundy, Associate Minister
During the last few weeks, according to a recent survey, average attendance at church services (that are now all online) across the country has risen from about 6% to about 25% of the population and 44% of people in the UK have prayed and believe that prayer is playing a major role in helping to improve the situation.
So, for regular visitors or church members, let’s all do what we can to help those people who are now genuinely looking for meaning and faith – no one expects us to be experts, but just talking in a natural way about our own experience can help others on their own journey. And for anyone arriving at this website as a relative newcomer, a warm welcome to you and we hope that you find refreshment, comfort and hope. We would love to hear from you.
Very best wishes, David
Welcome to St Mary's
In line with the government guidelines,
the church building is now closed and all public worship
is paused until further notice.
Revd David Grundy and the church community are actively involved in supporting the parish through this difficult time and we are finding new ways to worship and pray.
Click HERE for more details.
“God is light; In him there is no darkness...”
[1 John 1:5]
St Mary's, the parish church of Holmbury St Mary, is a beautiful place to seek & know God.
Holmbury church is not, though, just a building; it is a community of worshippers who are here to serve each other, the Holmbury parish and the world beyond in witness to the Christian faith.
St Mary's offers friendship, fellowship and support throughout the village and further afield, not just for those who come to services but for everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and belief.
If you would like to find out more or speak to someone in confidence, please contact
Revd. David Grundy on 01306 731142 or at