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Bishop Karen's Monthly Message

by ben last modified 11 May, 2022 03:57 PM

Bishop Karen reflects on why May is set to be a month of waiting.

How many of us like to be kept waiting? I must admit that my feet start tapping when I end up in the longest queue in the supermarket or sighs start when the traffic lights all seem to change to red when I arrive at them. We are so used to getting everything now almost instantly that any kind of delay makes us frustrated.

May 2022 will be a month of waiting. Firstly we wait for our new Bishop to be enthroned; having been elected and consecrated, Bishop Stephen will join us fully in June. And secondly, in our lectionary readings following the Easter season, we join the disciples as they wait for the coming of God’s Spirit at Pentecost. So, it is good for us to reflect a bit this month on how in God’s rhythms (and not ours), waiting and prayer are used for preparation.

Whilst I have enjoyed my time as acting diocesan Bishop, it has been hard work juggling two roles (or wearing two hats!), and I look forward to handing over the diocesan reins.

Pentecost will be a timely reminder that we do everything in the Lord’s strength, and without God’s resources, we can do very little. The disciples were called to prepare, to wait together, patiently, expectantly and prayerfully. Please join me this month in praying for our new life together as a diocese, so that we may be open to God’s Spirit in the same way as the disciples were.

A favourite prayer of mine from the Iona Community goes like this: You keep us waiting. ‘You, the God of all time, want us to wait for the right time in which to discover who we are, where we must go, who will be with us and what we must do. So thank you…for the waiting time. ’

Bishop Karen

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