This week's reflection focuses on reconciliation as we approach National Sorry Day (26 May), Reconciliation Sunday (26 May or 3 June) and Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June).
The setting sun
By Pastor Paul Glazbrook
Patrol Minister, Parkin Sturt Patrol (SA)
Posted in Faith
Pastor Paul Glazbrook reflects on his past four years of service as Patrol Minister for the Parkin-Sturt Patrol in South Australia. He is due to conclude his time in this role at the end of 2017.
Over the years of my Frontier Services Ministry, I've seen many a sun rise and the setting of the same.
The setting evening sun marks the beginning of the Biblical day, rather than the end of a day. The Biblical day begins in rest, progressively flowing into work and action.
The sun is setting on my time with Frontier Services as a Patrol Minister Bush Chaplain. It's both the beginning of a new season and the completion of the present one.
Scripture speaks of 'Chronos' time, the general process of time. Then 'Kairos' time, being the right time, opportune or strategic time, the now time. Concluding in 'Pleroo' time, the completing or finishing of something.
The year’s end will conclude my time serving remote Australia with my wife, Robyn, in our Frontier Services capacity.
The words found in Colossians 3:23-24 express our heart of service over the past four years:
Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily from the soul, as something done for the Lord and not for men. Knowing that it is from the Lord and not from men that you will receive the inheritance which is your real reward. The One Whom you are actually serving is the Lord Christ.
These years of service to remote South Australia have been amongst the best of our lives, and it has been the highest privilege to serve in this capacity. The people of remote Australia are, to us, a joy to know and serve. You will always be in our heart and memories. Thank you for accepting us and allowing us to be part of your world.
The red dust of outback South Australia will always be on our clothes and in our heart. Our paths will continue to cross as we visit as friends throughout the years ahead.
This reflection was originally published on Pastor Paul Glazbrook’s blog here. It has been edited slightly for ease of reading.
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