January 2020 Reflection


January 2020 Reflection


Pamela Scott- Deacon




At the start of any New Year it is always a time to reflect.  A time to reflect on what has happened in the last year and what might be ahead.  We may decide that we will lose weight in the year ahead, or we might plan to go to the gym every day so that we become fitter.  Some people decide to learn a new skill or pledge to do something every day such as read each book of the Bible.  however, no matter how committed we are, we are likely to give up at some point during the year.  Often it is not a conscious decision, but life gets in the way.  Something happens to break the habit we are forming.




So, is it better to decide to do something that is much simpler to do? 




I found this poem by Mary Fairchild that might just inspire us to simply trust and obey God, make a promise to ourselves to follow, trust and obey.




I tried to think of a clever new phrase—
A slogan to inspire the next 365 days,
A motto to live by this coming New Year,
But the catchy words fell flat to my ear.


And then I heard His still small voice
Saying, "Consider this simple, daily choice:
With each new dawn and close of day
Make new your resolve to trust and obey."


"Don't look back, caught in regret
Or dwell on the sorrow of dreams unmet;
Don't stare forward anchored by fear,
No, live in this moment, for I Am here."


"I am all you need. Everything. I Am.
You are held secure by my strong hand.
Give me this one thing—your all in all;
Into my grace, let yourself fall."


So, at last, I'm ready; I see the way.
It's to daily follow, trust, and obey.
I enter the New Year armed with a plan,
To give Him my everything—all that I am.


--Mary Fairchild




November Reflection


Why does bad things happen to good people?


Reflection by Pamela Scott DCS 


Why does bad things happen to good people?  This is a question we all ask at some point in our life, but it is also a question we find very difficult to answer if we are asked it by someone.  We always feel our answer isn’t good enough, especially when there are some people who then use that as an argument for there not being a God.  


I have recently read a book called ‘The Shack’ by William P. Young and we decided to watch the film at the Fellowship that is held weekly in Benarty.  The entire film was based on the main character asking this question and having to live with something bad happening to his innocent young daughter, she was abducted and killed.  When the main character, Mackenzie, met God he wanted to understand why his daughter was taken from him and blame God for not stopping it.  What sort of life would we lead if God stopped all the bad things happening?  Would we all be clones, doing the same things?  Would there be any variety in life?  Would that remove our ability to think and have free will? 


During Mack’s time with God he was asked to be the judge of people.  He had a hard upbringing with his father hitting his mother and him.  He was asked to decide if his father was bad, he agreed he was.  He then saw his father as a small child crying in bed, was he guilty of being bad?  Mack said he was only a child and he couldn’t be bad, it then turned out that his father was beaten by his father.  God suggested that we never know what kind of upbringing someone has had, that may cause them to do bad things and they should be brought to a point where they recognise that they do bad things, however we are not the people to do that, only God can. 


So, is God responsible for bad things happening to good people.  I would suggest not and during the film we saw God saying over again that he was with Mack, his family and his daughter, every step of the way.  Unfortunately, when something bad happens to us we are so consumed by this that we forget to turn to God but every step of the way he is with us and never leaves us. 


This doesn’t answer the question ‘Why does bad things happen to good people?’ but it does give us a bit more of an understanding, with the knowledge that we will understand fully one day.








Cracked pot reflection



Pamela Scott DCS


We are all cracked Pots


I have just conducted a funeral of a person who had a very troubled life and decided that I would read ‘The Cracked Pot’.  I would like to share it as I think it is an important message for all of us. 


A water carrier had two large pots, hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the


other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on, with the carrier delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house. 


Of course, the perfect pot was proud of itself, but the cracked pot was ashamed of its flaws. After two years of what it saw as bitter failure, it spoke to the water carrier one day by the stream. ‘I’m ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise.’ ‘Why?’ asked the carrier. ‘What are you ashamed of?’


‘For these past two years, I have delivered only half my load because this crack in my side leaks water all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work with less reward,’ the pot said. 


The water carrier felt sorry for the old cracked pot and said, ‘As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.’


As they went up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. But it felt bad because it still leaked out half its load, and SO AGAIN it apologised to the carrier, who immediately said to the pot, ‘Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path?


That’s because I have always known about your cracks. I sowed flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day when we walked back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to decorate my master’s table.


Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty in his home.’


Each of use has our own unique flaws. They are part of who we are. We are all cracked pots but seen through the eyes of those who love us they can be expressions of love and beauty. 


It is human nature that we all want to be perfect, never to make mistakes but unfortunately that will never be the case.  God is the only one who is perfect, as we read in Mark 10:18  Jesus said to a rich young man, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. 


Reflection from the Parish Assistant


Reflection for August


Pamela Scott DCS


There are always times in our lives that things don’t go so well, we find things difficult, we might be put under a lot of stress, things just don’t work out as they should.  This is life and we can’t get away from it but what we should remember is that God is always with us.  


Several times in Genesis 39, we read that the Lord was with Joseph.  However, that didn’t make him exempt from jealousy and betrayal, or the advances of Potiphar’s wife or the lies that sent him to prison.  Joseph had no idea that he was in training, while all this was going on.  God wanted to see if Joseph was going to choose trust over lust, obedience over dishonesty.   


It is when we look back over our lives that we realise why one of God’s names is REDEEMER.  He can redeem everything we have been through, whether it is good, bad or ugly.  The lesson that Joseph learned is that God was with him all the time, even when there was no evidence, He was there.  We have to remember that He is walking alongside us too.  He is going ahead of us to rearrange circumstances in our favour.  Sometimes, however, in God’s plan things can get worse before they get better.  It is at these times that we have to tighten our grip and lean harder on God.


We have to remember that God says in Hebrews 13:5,  


“Never will I leave you: 


never will I forsake you.”







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