Big questions

August 28, 2021| Current Issue, Burpham Church

Everybody has them.

And the last eighteen months have perhaps presented us with bigger, more troubling questions than ever before: How could this pandemic have happened? What went wrong? When will things be back to ‘normal’? What does ‘normal’ even mean now?

Quite apart from those of us who are still living with losses from COVID, this week as I write, the world is also reeling from the speed at which the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan, and the devastation caused by another earthquake and huge storm hitting Haiti. Plymouth too, is in mourning from the loss of life in the UK’s worst shooting incident for over a decade. Things look dark. We can be left with so many questions. Are there any answers and where can we find them? Is it even possible to find hope when life seems so fragile? How can I find purpose and happiness? Can there be a loving God in all this mess? I wonder what questions you are left asking? And what do you do with those big questions? Do you have anyone to ask them of?

Over the next couple of months let me encourage you to take advantage of a couple of great opportunities to ask some of those big questions and wrestle with these issues.

Over the next couple of months let me encourage you to take advantage of a couple of great opportunities to ask some of those big questions and wrestle with these issues.

The first is a unique opportunity to get alongside someone a little more experienced than I, in dealing with difficult questions – the Archbishop of Canterbury. Over the weekend of the 25-26th September, Archbishop Justin is going to be visiting our area and hosting a series of Big Questions events, including one at GLive – see ‘What’s on this month’ page 9 or visit burpham-pages.co.uk/whats-on-directory/ This will be a unique opportunity for you to put your questions to the Archbishop of Canterbury and hear him speak on how to find security and hope in uncertain times. Why not join us and bring your Big Questions along?

If your questions or thoughts are of a more personal nature and you are wondering how to process the last eighteen months, share your own story and move on with hope, perhaps you might like to engage with our local Autumn project: A Hope Space in Burpham.

It is our prayer and hope that you will be able to make the most of these opportunities in the next couple of months and that you discover real answers to your questions. As always, if you would like to speak to someone in confidence about your specific issues and questions, we would love to be here for you and connect – please do use our website to contact us, or give us a call on 01483 853023. With every blessing
Rev James & Rev Jo Levasier

With every blessing

Rev
 James 

& Rev Jo Levasier

Church Office: 01483 825533
www.burphamchurch.org.uk