I recently went to Newcastle for the day to visit my daughter Annelies. Unfortunately, winter had returned in late May so we had to cancel our planned walk at the coast.
Instead we decided to visit the Laing Art Gallery. We walked into one room and hanging on the far wall was a really eye-catching painting which must have been at least 5 square-metres. As we were trying to “understand” this striking and colourful abstract painting, Annelies remarked on how risky it must have been for the artist to produce such a large painting. The costs of the materials alone would have been considerable, yet the risks that this artist took meant that her work is now displayed in a prestigious gallery for everyone to enjoy.
Encouragement to take risks and to use the gifts which God has given us is one of the messages from one of the most well known parables Jesus told. The so-called Parable of the Talents. Jesus encourages us not to bury our talents or gifts, but to use them for ourselves and our communities. Sometimes, I am sure, we will be surprised by what we can achieve if we are willing to take a risk. None of us are without any gifts or talents. May we use them, as the artist did, for the benefit of others and for our community.
May I extend a welcome to two of our events over the summer, where various talents will be used in this way. Firstly, our annual Strawberry tea from 3.00pm on Sunday July 17th at 106/108 Broadway. There will be strawberries, cakes, tea, fellowship and much more… all for £5 per adult, accompanied children go free. Secondly, we will be running our Junior Heroes Holiday Club from Tuesday August 30th to Friday September 2nd for primary school age children. Please contact us for further details.
With my prayers.
Read this article in the Yaxley Gazette.