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God isn’t masked, in quarantine or under curfew!9 months ago
A valedictory message from Hilary Buckingham after 7 years as a ReSource Trustee.
Seven years have rolled by since I was invited to became a Trustee of ReSource and now it’s time for my farewell. My prayer is that my departure will create space for younger ‘blood’ than mine to pulse through the Trust Board.
Over the years I have had the privilege of meeting many amazing men and women of God across a rich breadth and depth of spiritual understanding. All of us have endeavoured to comprehend which way God’s Spirit is moving. He has filled the sails, and the crew, of the good ship ‘ReSource’ with his breath. We have grappled together to keep the mast secure, to spread the sails, to fix the rigging (Isaiah 33.23). With his help the Lord has helped us to navigate and row our way through both broad rivers and rough seas.
In the passage of the past seven years many things have changed across our world, but the Word of God remains alive and active. As people of God we need to continue to trust the Lord. We need to discern how to live, to adapt and to continue to share the Good News of Jesus, reminding others in the church that God isn’t masked, in quarantine or under any curfew!
Recently I have been challenged by St Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20. Paul hadn’t been a one-man band. He had lived among the people of Ephesus, serving, caring, listening, seeing, encouraging, comforting, and urging. He had seen the power of God working in a team who were all rowing in the same direction.
Just as Paul laid down his life for the Ephesians, serving his Master no matter what, I have seen the staff and the Trustees of ReSource serving and blessing many little, local, and ordinary churches across our land with humility and grace. I pray they will continue to be overseers of this precious work of God for many years to come; that more and more church families will increase their understanding of the work of the Father, Spirit and Son. even when it feels daunting and risky.
Let’s continue to do the work God has given us to do, telling others the Good News about his wonderful grace, courageously. I don’t know what lies ahead, but I do know who holds the future.
Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4.16-18