Rector's Letter - June 2015

Dear Friends,

Edward Lorenz was a leading expert on climate in the 1960s. He was especially frustrated at the difficulty in predicting the weather. His research suggested that small changes in the atmosphere can sometimes trigger huge and unexpected results. In 1972 he published his research under the title, "Predictability: does the flap of a butterfly's wing in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" People thought that this idea was crazy, but more research confirmed this extraordinary theory was, in fact, true. Nowadays, "The Butterfly Effect" is widely accepted, that a small change in one place can have a really dramatic effect somewhere else.

Jesus said a similar thing when he spoke about the mustard seed, the smallest of seeds, growing into a huge plant (Matthew 13:31). Our actions and words can seem very insignificant, but they can start a chain of reactions with results way beyond anything we could have imagined. Rosa Parks was an ordinary young black woman, living in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1955, she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person as required by law. She was arrested. Her case was then taken up by a young, unknown church minister Dr Martin Luther King Jnr. and the Civil Rights Movement took off, and the world was changed. One small act of defiance, a flap of a butterfly’s wing, started a process that transformed the world.

God has a dream that one day this world will be put right, and His will, at last, will be done. Jesus called this vision "The Kingdom of God". If we pay attention we can hear Jesus asking us to join Him in bringing this about, by small acts of kindness and compassion. A smile here, an encouraging word there, a helping hand, a small gift, just finding the time for someone who is lonely; there are so many ways we can make a big difference with a small decision. Every small act of kindness is like that flap of a butterfly's wings, we never know what good it might bring about! In life it is often the little things that matter. A small act of kindness can change someone's life, and that can change the world, one person at a time. We can all make small choices that can in some way change the world for the better, choosing Jesus' way of love and reconciliation rather than anger, indifference and selfishness.

With my prayers and best wishes,
Yours, in Christ, John.

Verse for the Month

“Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21

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