Pastoral Letter for Wednesday 1st July:

My Dear Friends,

There’s an old story about a spider who found himself high up in the dark and dusty rafters of an old barn. He had great fun spinning out threads and abseiling down. Eventually he reached the open door of the barn where he made fast the long thread that stretched away back up into the heights above, far beyond his sight. This would be a good spot to catch flies as they buzzed in and out; and there he spun his web. He lived a rich, fruitful and successful life; and he was very proud of his skill and brains and fine dwelling place. He took great satisfaction in his splendid achievements. One day a long time later, as he looked at his web, he noticed a thread running up to the roof. It didn’t seem to serve any great purpose and he wondered what on earth it was doing there. Feeling sure that he could get on well without it, he kicked one of his many feet through it; and it snapped!

The silly spider thought he had improved his property; but he hadn’t realised that everything depended on that slender line. That line didn’t catch flies; it held up his web. When he snapped it his entire web collapsed in ruins.

Some people are like that spider. They come into the world from God; and for a while they maintain their connection with God. A slender line of prayer keeps them in contact and holds up their lives. When they get on in the world they think that they have all they need. They stop praying. They stop worshipping. They break the connection with their Heavenly Father. Eventually with nothing to sustain them they come to realise that they have made a terrible mistake.

I have always taken great comfort from the 27th Psalm: “The Lord is the strength of my life. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.” Our lives depend on the slender thread of prayer by which our hearts reach up to God, and God’s mercy stretches down to us. Don’t break that thread!

Liz joins me in sending our love to you all.

Alex.