From the Rectory October 2022

SIMON WARD 12-2018Yesterday in the Minster someone asked me if I am feeling nervous about running the London Marathon in what is now under three weeks’ time. I explained I believe I am nervous because during the night I had lain awake thinking about it; it’s obviously on my mind. I haven’t run a marathon before. In fact, as I write this, the longest distance I have done is 17 miles, which is 9 miles short of the required distance. There’s work to do!
I wonder what things you get nervous about? Even those who consider themselves to be ice and very level-headed are still likely to feel nervous. The question for most people is what do we do when we feel nervous? How do use that nervousness to positive effect? God made us all different so of course we respond in different ways. For some people even just having a face-to-face meeting or even going to church can make them feel nervous
For some people the feeling of nervousness is an energy that can be harnessed. I recall a few years ago seeing somebody who is an accom­plished public speaker who frequently appears on television and is renowned for having bold and forthright opinions but still confessed to feeling really nervous before any public speaking engagement, even quite a small one. However, it makes him think, plan, and prepare. His ability to creatively engage a large audience was not simply down to his personality but rooted in the fact that he has meticulously thought over everything he was going to say, or may not say; He would always have thought of way more material that he would ever need to use. Therefore, we must remember that nervousness is a power we can channel for good if we choose to. So, if you think about things you get nervous about, ask yourself what could you do to ease that feeling or feel more prepared
A Bible story I am frequently taken back to time and again is the story of Jesus calming the storm. I’m very lucky because I get to look at a beautiful stained-glass window depicting that scene each morning in the Minster. In that window you can see the swirling, foaming depths and the small figures of disciples who genuinely appear in peril. For those waves rolling and crashing it’s easy to interpret as being the churning nervousness and fears of each of our lives. The good news is that moment of peril Jesus breathes words of peace. The Gospel of a Saviour who is with us through the changes and challenges is good news indeed. It is also something well worth remembering following the death of her Majesty the Queen and the feeling that a source of great stability and constancy has gone
Quite possibly by the time you read this I will, God willing, be trotting through the streets of London. Hopefully I will have used my nervousness to good effect and made sure I am well prepared. And I am grateful to you all for many words of encouragement and generous support
With every blessing Fr Simon      

Fr Simon
Rev Canon Simon Ward
Team Rector, Great Yarmouth Parish


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