It was brilliant to see Anne & Jonathan get baptised last Sunday. I love baptismal services as they remind me of the beginning of a new life in Jesus, when the candidates demonstrate very publicly that they have committed their lives to following Jesus. Like conversion, it is not meant to be the end of something, although it does signify an end to the old life lived for self. Rather it is the beginning of something, of a new life that is to be daily dedicated to following Jesus as Lord, going wherever he leads and doing what he asks. My prayer is that we will have many more baptismal services as even more people find new life, new hope and a new purpose in following Jesus as their Lord.
Just as baptism marks the start of something, next week we will be marking the end of something. Viv Willett’s funeral on Tuesday will mark the end of a life here on earth. Although I am sure that it will be a sad occasion because we miss her, and our thoughts and prayers are very much with Pete and the rest of the family at this time. It will, however, also be a time when we give thanks – for a life that was lived so well and an example to us all. Viv never stopped serving and following Jesus. Even in those last days in hospital she was praying for and witnessing to her fellow patients and bringing peace to stressed nurses. Yes we will miss her, but she has left us a legacy, and an example to follow. We may not all be like Viv but, like her, we can all make a difference wherever we may find ourselves.