Minister’s Letter – Starting well, finishing well, and the journey in-between
This week at Waitara Anglican we will be hosting two significant events in the lives of two different people. Today we baptise Mineya Barrett, not yet one year old. On Tuesday we’ll host Jane Putt’s funeral, who died aged 92 years! Today, near the beginning of her life, we welcome an infant girl into the Church of God. Two days later we’ll give thanks for the long life of a woman who died as a committed Christian. Spiritually, these two events represent how to start and finish a life well!
But while starting and finishing are important, they aren’t the whole story. There’s a whole lot that goes in-between, and we each find ourselves somewhere in that middle. The Bible is full of encouragement for us to continue the way we started, maintaining our faith in God as we strive towards a good finish. Paul wrote of his conviction to “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). Note Paul doesn’t strive in his own strength; he knows he is held by Jesus himself. And through our membership of the church, Jesus is strengthening us for the journey—he’s given us each other as travelling companions!
It’s great that you’re here with us today as we press on together.