Letter From The Vicarage

Letter from Lynn Hellmuth concerning her future at this parish

From Reverend Lynn Hellmuth, Vicar of the parishes of Hackness with Harwood Dale, Ravenscar and Staintondale, Scalby, and Scarborough, St Luke

Dear Friends,

Autumn is a season when many of us become more home focused after al fresco living and spells away, in the summer months.  It’s a time when many people choose to get jobs done, buy new furniture, decorate, or even move, before the winter sets in and we start to think about getting everything straight for Christmas.

And that shift can also take place internally for us, as well as in our external lives.  Autumn can be a time, as the nights draw in, when we have the time to conduct a bit of a “life laundry” checking what things within might need cleansing or changing, or letting go of altogether, just as the trees shed their leaves and prepare for the winter that lies ahead.

As we do this, the Christian tradition invites us to believe the most wonderful thing: that if we make room for Him, God will come and make His home with us.  Perhaps this season might be a time for us to reflect on letting Him in more fully into our lives.

I was introduced to the following poem a while ago and have always loved the way it speaks of God’s patient, unconditional love for each of us.  However flawed we may feel we are, God really does “like what He sees” and wants to come and dwell with us.  Will we take time this autumn to welcome Him in?

Covenant by Sister Margaret Halaska

The Father knocks at my door, seeking a home for His Son.
Renting is cheaper, I say.
I don’t want to rent. I want to buy, says God.

I’m not sure I want to sell, I say, but you might come in to look around.
I think I will, says God.

I might let you have a room or two, I offer.
I like it, says God. I’ll take the two.
You might decide to give me more some day.
I can wait, says God.

I’d like to give you more, I explain, but it’s a bit difficult.
I need some space for me.
I know, says God, but I’ll wait. I like what I see.

Hm, maybe I can let you have another room, I ponder.
I really don’t need that much.
Thanks, says God, I’ll take it. I like what I see.

I’d like to give you the whole house but I’m not sure –
Think on it, says God. I wouldn’t put you out.
Your home would be mine and my Son would live in it.
You’d have more space than you’d ever had before.

I don’t understand at all, I say.
I know, says God, but I can’t tell you about that.
You’ll have to discover it for yourself.
That can only happen if you let Him have the whole house.

A bit risky, I say.
Yes, says God, but try me.

I’m not sure, I respond; I’ll let you know.
I can wait, says God. I like what I see.

Jesus says “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3 v 20)