From the Vicarage

September 2016

67 medals were won by team GB

11 million meals were provided

34,000 beds were slept in.

315 horses participated in the competitions

25,000 tennis balls were used.

These are just some of the facts and figures from what has been described as Team GB’s “best-ever” Olympic Games for more than a century. I was completely hooked and certainly stayed up too late some nights to witness the most amazing sportsmen and women. I wonder what your lasting memory was? I have chosen two; the first was watching Jason Kenny in the Keirin final two false starts, he went on to win gold; he was able to keep his cool and wait patiently. The second was GB’s women hockey team, reaching the final for the first time ever, and then going on to win gold after a penalty shoot-out.

There are so many other amazing Olympians I could talk about. (I haven’t even mentioned Mo Farah!) I’m sure there are others you can think of. They are all prepared to ‘give it a go’; they have overcome difficulties, trained in all conditions and weather. We too face many challenges ahead as we prayerfully consider the way forward as the Cartmel Peninsula Team Ministry and as a Diocese. I wonder if we can face these with the same courage and determination shown by these athletes, to see God’s kingdom come.

I was reminded recently of the phrase, ‘If you want to walk on water, you need to get out of the boat’, the title of an excellent book by John Ortberg. So, as we step out of the boat, let us do so keeping our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. Let us have courage and determination to see God’s kingdom at work in Cartmel Peninsula and beyond.

 

                                                                                                                                    Rev Rach


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