St Lawrence Church Bidborough

St Lawrence Church, Bidborough

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Southborough Team

Vicar's View - August / September 2017

Bidborough Church

Ever since the schools broke up we seem to have enjoyed (!) rather mixed weather. However a couple of days ago, on a day off, I was on a golf course in glorious sunshine, when my phone buzzed in my pocket. It was a Facetime (video) call from my daughter, Georgina. She was calling from Jinja, on the shores of Lake Victoria, attending the wedding of her husband Matt's best man. The picture and sound on my phone screen was clear and perfect. There was no-one playing up behind us so I put my club down and sat on the grass for a few minutes to talk with Gerogina and hear about their African adventures.

Afterwards, as we played on, I marvelled at the call. There I was in the middle of the Kent countryside, and my daughter was in a Ugandan town 5000 miles away, yet we were able to speak face to face, and not even at any cost. But more than that, I rejoiced at having been able to talk with Georgina, who we hadn't heard from for a few days. It was good to catch up.

Along with, I am sure, most parents of adult children, I have to say that not all calls are like this - sometimes they involve requests. Dad, could I borrow some money please? Dad, coul you drive me to the airport at 4:30am please? Dad, could you come and look at my car - it's making a funny noise? Some are even more urgent-sounding. The wake up call at 3:15am a few years ago sticks in the mind. I'm in A&E and they are about to take my appendix out.

However, like other Dads, no doubt, I love getting these calls too and whenever possible, the answer to the request will be 'Yes'. Sometimes, I will be asked to do something that I will put off, or perhaps will slip my mind, and I will need to be reminded a few times, but I try to do the best I can, as a Dad, becaause I love my children to bits.

At New Wine these is a stream of Bible teaching called 'Rise'. It takes place at 7:15am and suits early birds like me. Last week the theme was the Lord's Prayer, and it was good to be reminded what a great gift prayer is - and one that surveys show is still used by the majority of the population, whether churchgoers or not. When Jesus speaks about bringing our requests to God, he says this:

Which of you fathers, if your son asks for bread, will give him stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:9-11)

How wonderful that we can speak directly to our heavenly Father, the One who loves us a thousand times more than I love my children. How amazing that the Father longs to answer us when we call. And how precious that prayer is not just about asking for things - it is about a relationship. Like Georgie did, no matter where we are or what we are doing, we can simply get in touch to talk with Dad, to tell him our news, and to gladden his heart.

Stephen Hills

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