Messages from around the Benefice

Tuesday in Holy Week message from Lyndon
The coach carried myself and about twenty other clergy, on a winding road, passed Bedouin tents, some big, some small, through mainly arid land, to our destination. We came into small built up area and then into a coach park. We alighted from the coach and with the background of a golden sunset, I cast my eyes on the most unforgettable sight I had ever seen. I was looking at Jerusalem. I have seen many beautiful sights, the Swiss Alps, the Norwegian Fjords, the loveliness of the French Riviera, but nothing can ever compare with Jerusalem. I was standing on the Mount of Olives, the place where Jesus came, with His disciples to pray. The clergy came from mainly England with two of us from Wales, and we all just stared in wonder at the Holy City. The Mount of Olives slopes down into the Kidron Valley which separates Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, where Jesus crossed with His apostles in the first Holy Week some 2,000 years before. I was on holy ground.
It was here that Jesus prophesied the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. This happened when the Romans attacked the city and burnt the Temple in AD 70. We walked down the path through the trees until we came to the Garden of Gethsemane, which is at the foot of the hill. This is the garden where Jesus was arrested
In the Bible we find great teachings of Jesus, too long and too deep, to discuss here. However, these teachings show that whatever happens, God is with us, not just yesterday, not just today but also in the future.
We are in strange and difficult times, throughout the day, the news informs us of the virus and the number of deaths. The heroic battle that is being fought by our medical staff, while all the rest of us must look on as if we are passive spectators. However, passive is something we must not be. We must continue to pray, for that is our weapon. Please pray for our Prime Minister, and all who are ill at this time, and for those who are caring for them.
Hope you are all well. Keep safe, keep trusting and keep praying. God Bless.
“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and for evermore” Psalm 125:2

Beautifully put Lyndon. Yes l felt the same about Jerusalem, scenery so different to ours, but a feeling of being home. Never forget the same spot that you stood in Lyndon. Awesome. The garden of Gethsemene, l shall never forget.. Psalm 125v 2. So appropriate. Take care everyone. Keep safe. Keep praying.🙏 Dorothy Harries