A message from The Rev’d Lyn McRostie, Rector of Northwood.

Posted by Admin on 21 August 2008, 12:00 am

I was hearing from a friend this week about one of his experiences of having children 2 years apart – much as he loves them, exam time is dreadful while he lives through their experiences and then the anticipation of their results. As I write this, the A-level results are just out and GCSEs are yet to come; we’ve just had the furore about SATS as well. So much seems to hinge on exam results. For some, life plans begin to be realised, for others plans are put on hold as different paths are investigated. Still others discard their dreams with sadness and take some time before they start to search out new directions. Our society places so much value on qualifications, but I think we sometimes need to question that. Now, I’m not saying that qualifications don’t matter – in many situations they do – but they are not the only way to measure the value of a life. At the heart of the Gospel is the life, death and resurrection of a man who never took an A-level or a GCSE – and yet who has changed the world.

So – whether you have celebrated, felt disappointment and perhaps now, are re-evaluating your pathway to a particular dream, remember, all of our lives are of value to God. They are of so much value that he sent his Son to teach us of him and to bring us back to him. In Jesus’ life on earth he shared in the daily joys, the tensions the tribulations and anxieties that all of us come across. He talked them over with his Father as he prayed. And in all that Jesus shared with us he taught that the greatest lesson we can learn is to love God and to live within his Grace. It is how we live that matters to God. We will go through many different experiences in the weeks and years to come but the most important thing, the biggest achievement we can have is the day we acknowledge the importance of God in our lives. Responding to Christ’s call is the biggest test that any of us face and that can come at any time. It can be both the hardest and the easiest thing in our lives. It is the one thing we are never too old to learn.


Do you know of someone who would appreciate a visit by the church? Or would you, yourself, like to meet and talk with someone from the church? Please let Lyn know or contact one of the Churchwardens whose details are given in Northwood News and in the Parish Church Officers section of this website. We’re happy to meet with you, to bring communion to you if you cannot come to church – or to explore with you if you just want to know more about the Christian faith. We are always here for you – because that’s what we’re about!

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