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Dear Loved ones,


“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9)


It’s February already.  The month when Valentine’s Day is celebrated and used as a theme for many events.  At Marlborough Road the Messy Church activities will encompass ‘love’.  So many phrases come to my mind at this time of year: “love is in the air”, “my commandment is that you love one another”, “remain in my love”, “love you lots”, “I want to know what love is” and “the power of love”.


The ‘rosy glow’ of love though, is not felt by all and many experience a ‘souring’ of love or a relationship, the loss of a loved one or even times when personal situations overpower the sense of love and goodness.  At present we are living in challenging times, both within the Methodist Church and in society as a whole and I for one often wonder, what is happening?  As Christians we know in our minds and our heads, that life isn’t always easy and we struggle, but surely we sense with our hearts that God is the way through.


Here is a piece I go to from Colin Urquhart’s book ‘My Dear Son’.  It is written as if God is talking to you individually.


“I loved Jesus perfectly.  He knew I would never fail him, never leave him.  He could always trust in my faithfulness.


When he commanded sickness to leave; I healed.  When he called Lazarus from the tomb; I raised him.  When he addressed the storm; I calmed the waves and the wind.  When he lay in the coldness of the tomb; I raised him.


He could nothing himself; he knew how important it was to listen to me.  Because he lived in dependence on me I gave him the words to speak and showed him what to do.


He could face the cross, knowing he would have to experience separation from me as part of the cost because he could trust in my unfailing love, a perfect love that would never fail him.


Now, beloved child, in the same way that I love Jesus, so he loves you.  You can depend on him for he will never leave you nor forsake you.  He will be with you always.  It is important for you to listen to the voice of his Spirit and let him show you what to do.  


Just as he could do nothing of himself, so it is true that apart from him you can do nothing.  He will give you the words to speak and will show you what to do.  When you speak with faith to mountains of need, he will move them.  When you command sickness to leave in his name, he will remove it.  You are able to do the same things as Jesus if you are secure in his love.


Don’t think of yourself as being isolated or alone.  I am watching over you, beloved child, concerned for your welfare, rejoicing in the song of love for me that fills your heart.  I am holding you in my perfect love every day of your life.


Even when you feel battered and bruised by events, I am there with you, ready to talk, encourage and heal your wounds.


This perfect love doesn’t change with circumstances; it is constant day by day.  Know, beloved, that there is never a moment of time when I fail to love you with my perfect love.”


John 11:43; John 12:49; John 15:1-17; John 14:12-14.


There is nothing else to add is there?  Go in God’s love, rest in God’s love but above all, remain in God’s love for there is nothing like His love.


With every blessing,



Marlborough Road, every Thursday (10am to 11.30am)

Hinton on the first Saturday of the month (10am to 11.30am)

Hornton weekly on a Friday (10.30am to 12 noon)

Cropredy have a coffee bring and buy every 2nd Friday

Easington on alternate Wednesdays (local blue bin day), starting at 10.00am

Grimsbury on the last Saturday of the month  (10.30am-12 noon)


List of books in the Circuit Library, kept in the Marlborough Road foyer.