The Rev. Bruce Waldron is a United Reformed Church minister of Australian descent who came to Sawston Free Church on 24th April 2009. Bruce is married to Sharn and they have two children and four grandchildren in Australia.
Bruce is passionate about the relevance of Jesus’ message for a world that is hurting so much from injustice and division, environmental irresponsibility and lack of comprehension of the way God calls us to be.
From the Minister’s Desk 4th August 2019
Last week we had a Holiday Club (Polar Explorers) at the Bellbird School. My huge thanks to the Bellbird School for allowing us to use their facilities for the week. Huge thanks to all the people who staffed the Club and to the 49 children who came along. Special thanks to Nicola Grieves and Faith Paulding who did all the arranging.
I saw a great post on Facebook this morning.
When you can’t control what’s happening,
challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening.
That’s where your power lies.
I always admire the way Jesus could do this. The thing was, he seemed to have a very clear sense of who he was, and what he was about, so whatever came his way, he didn’t respond in like kind but responded out of his own clear centre. That way, he was always authentic to himself, even when he had no direct control of what people around him were doing. He even managed to do this in the ultimate test, the horrors of crucifixion.
Down through the centuries there are legends of martyrs, like Polycarp, who managed the same kind of gracious centre, so their response was always true to who they were, not who the people around them were being.
I think that’s what Jesus meant when he said “The wind blows where it wills; you hear the sound of it but you don’t where it comes from or where it’s going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
I wish I could be that clear, but I know that sometimes I’m not. I meet aggression and meanness with the same thing, but I know, in my heart, that this isn’t where I should be, and with huge thanks for the assurance of forgiveness that Jesus gave us, I say “Sorry God.” and resolve again, to try and be what I know I’m called to be. As the quote says, “That’s where your power lies.”