WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
Sunday 13th. August, 2017
At the Vicarage we are, like many of you, preparing to go on holiday. With a caravan, you are always fiddling about with it trying to get it ready for holidays in any spare time you can find and this year dodging the showers as well – the Great British Summer! It is never as easy as throwing things in to a suitcase. Making sure everything works and that you have all the equipment you need to have a happy holiday takes a little planning.
Well a few years ago, as the boys were growing up we decided that they needed adult chairs to sit around the table in the awning. Determined to get the best price I searched online for two chairs. We decided on the make, colour and style and duly ordered the chairs from the cheapest online retailer I could find. In fact, they were a bargain because they were almost half the price of the other stores.
When the doorbell rang and they were delivered the delivery driver must have thought I was very strange as when he handed the parcel to me as I could instantly see there was something very wrong.
When I opened the package, they were the right style, even the right colour but were a fraction of the size I was expecting. These were not adult chairs but children’s chairs suitable for under 5’s.
In my excitement at finding a good deal I had failed to notice the much smaller dimensions. As you can imagine Jane and the boys thought this was hilarious.
It always pays off to notice the little things and to not to take the picture at face value, to read the small print.
It can be the same in our spiritual lives as well. If we fail to look closely at our relationship with God we can be surprised that what we get from the relationship is far smaller than we anticipated. The big things are easy but the small things need more concentration on our part. For example, it is easy to come to Church but more difficult to put into action the smaller things in our lives throughout the rest of the week.
To be a Christian 24 /7 is no easy task when we mingle with the secular world.
Being a Christian is as much in the detail as it is in the big statements.
Yours in Christ