It is a tradition that our Minister writes a letter every month which is printed in our magazine, "The Messenger". Here's John's letter from the June edition.
"Jesus answered 'I am the way and the truth and the life ...'"
It wasn't so long ago that when undertaking an unfamiliar car journey out would come the road atlas and street map. The one in the front passenger street on longer journeys would invariably be given the role of map reader and navigator - woe betide those navigators if they got their right and left turns muddled!
More often than not, today similar car journeys are notable for the absence of those former navigational aids. That's because for many of us these have been replaced by satellite navigation systems (satnavs). Now, all those left and right instructions that on occasion led to family "domestics" have been replaced by a voice from the satnav guiding and directing us to our destination. And if we miss a turn then the satnav simply recalculates a new route to get us back on the right road.
However, this system is not without its flaws. I recently read an RAC report of a motorist who was left teetering on the edge of a West Yorkshire cliff after he followed his satnav's instructions to a 100-foot hazardous drop.
"Robert Jones from Doncaster, South Yorkshire followed the instructions from the device even though it sent him down a steep, narrow footpath in Todmorden. The 43-year old, who works as a driver, said he trusted that what the satnav was saying was correct and continued to follow its lead. He said: 'it kept insisting the path was a road, even as it got narrower and steeper, so I just trusted it. You don't expect to be taken nearly over a cliff.'"
A time of new journeying is almost upon us at Four Oaks Methodist Church. Yet the good news is that we followers of Jesus need not, in such times, be anxious. For he has told those who follow him "I am the way".
If we abide in him, if we continue to listen and be guided by his ways and teaching, then he has promised we will arrive in a good and safe place. How comforting is that!
In the midst of all our journeys let us determine that Jesus will remain our Divine Navigational Aid (DNA).
Every blessing to you all.