Many people see a praying to God as a way of being in a relationship; like all relationships sometimes things don’t run smoothly. I read a quote recently that said that arguing with God is only arguing and not really praying; but moving one foot in front of the other was praying. I’m not sure I understand exactly what that means but I think it’s to do with moving forward and taking a risk. Anyone who’s watched a toddler take their first steps will know that these are the boldest moves it will ever make – it’s never walked before, it doesn’t know what will happen or what it will feel like, but nevertheless, the toddler does it anyway perhaps because it wants to or it feels compelled to. It would be easier and safe to stay seated in its comfy chair, or lying on a play mat, but the toddler knows instinctively that life isn’t about staying put. We have to move.
After living in Gamlingay and ministering in the Benefice of Gamlingay, Hatley and Everton it’s time for me to move on. My family and I are moving to Cambridge where I will take up a new post at St James Church. We’ve been here 10 years and it will be hard to pull up the roots that we’ve put down here. Nothing has stayed still for us - children have been born, gone to nursery, moved up to school, changed school and grown before our eyes; my wife has trained for the priesthood, served a curacy, worked in different institutions….and all of this has happened in the 10 years that we’ve been here. 10 years is a very short time when you consider eternity but it can be a lifetime in other ways. Now it’s time to move on. And although we are not going very far, and we are going somewhere that is familiar, I’m aware that things will not be the same. All those daily routines that we’ve grown used to, seeing familiar faces, walking familiar routes, doing things that become second nature – all of that will change. It’s a curious mixture of feeling both sad and excited at the same time.
I expect the last Sunday services that I will take will be on Sunday 7th August (see the list of services for August printed here) though I will be around at various points during August before moving house.
I wish all the folk of Gamlingay, Everton and Hatley much joy and happiness for the future.
Revd Steven Rothwell