We are now in the fifth week of the series, Paraclesis: Journeying Together. Tomorrow’s Explore, 11.15am Ottery St Mary parish Church, is called ‘Strong at the Broken Places’. This is taken from Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms where he writes, ‘The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.’
There are broken places on the journey of life, and if we can journey with others at their broken places, we can bring strength and healing. Broken places can remain a weakness, or become a strength. Romans 15:1–2 says, ‘Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us please his neighbour for that which is good, to be building him up.’
Roy and Pat had planned to lead this Sunday, but as you may have heard, their lovely home caught fire on Tuesday, and sadly burned to the ground. We’re so sorry for them. They were at home at the time and got out safely. They’re pretty shaken, but spiritually strong. They hope to be with us this Sunday, and even to sing a song over us, but they’ve understandably asked Colin to lead and he will help us be a church that reaches beyond four walls and into the brokenness in the streets around us – coming alongside people and leading them to the Healer whose name is Jesus.
Is there anything that strikes you from this video?
The four anchors Trevor Partridge gives here are:
1. God knows everything that happens to us
2. God’s grace is sufficient for every need
3. God brings positive benefits from negative circumstances and He turns setbacks into springboards
4. God deepens spiritual qualities and characteristics in the process.
How might we be able to ‘drop that anchor’ for someone else in supporting them?