"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8
At church last week we prayed for our young people who are leaving their homes and families here in Dorking, to go to university elsewhere in the country. It’s a big step and hopefully a very exciting one and we’ll continue to pray for them and look forward to their return at Christmas. There will be others amongst us who face equally big life changes and we hope that you are also being supported in prayer. We offer prayer ministry at the end of our Sunday services so do let your church family bless you this way as you navigate life and all that it brings. We’ve all experienced what it is to leave home, change schools or jobs and move house as well as learning to adjust to different stages of life. What is it they say? The only thing that is constant in life, is change. On a personal level, my family and I are very aware that by this time next year we will have left Dorking, as my ordination training will have finished and I will be on the next part of my journey, serving as a curate in another church. And no, I don’t know where that will be yet!
It’s only natural to feel some anxiety about life changes: letting go of what is familiar and facing the unknown are challenges that we all experience. Let’s support and cheer each other on, and anchor ourselves on Jesus. God himself goes before us. He promises to always be with us - since before we were even born, he has been with us (Psalm 139:13) and he will be our constant companion. After all, Jesus is ‘Emmanuel’ - God with us - for life, not just Christmas!
Dawn, Ordinand & Pastoral Care Coordinator