From the Manse March 2019

Dear Friends,

One of my favourite film actors is James Stewart, who had a long and distinguished film career.

One of his classics is the black-and-white film ‘Mr Smith goes to Washington’. The story is a modern fairy tale about a decent man in small town America who, in his quest for honesty and public concern, finds himself in Washington on the threshold of the White House.

One memorable line of dialogue from the film says,‘All good things in the world come from fools with faith.’

The writer Margaret Mead put the same thought in a slightly different way when she wrote, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.’

St. Luke tells us of one occasion when Jesus sent out his followers in pairs to take the good news of the Kingdom of God into the towns and villages of Palestine. We are told that they returned amazed and praising God for the wonders that He had achieved through them. (Luke 10:1-20

In a world of globalisation and multinational companies it is good to remember that God still works through ordinary men and women who are open to him. And to be honest, I like the idea of being a ‘fool with faith’ for God.

Grace and Peace to you

Alan