Ordinary 24 September 17 2017
Vicar’s Reflection: OS 24, September 17th, 2017
“Ah, the good old days!” As the years go by I find these words spring to mind more often. Youngsters roll their eyes when the oldies start talking about the good old days. If we are honest those days weren’t so great. All times have their good and bad aspects. The Exodus account today is of the great escape by the Israelites, led by Moses, guided by Yahweh, as they confound and defeat the Egyptian chariots and escape triumphantly to the promised land. When things looked dire, however, those same Israelites grumbled to Moses, ‘What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, “Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians”? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’ Bring back the good old days – when life was simpler and choices less complex. But we can’t. We have no choice to but to plunge into the challenges of today and tomorrow. St Paul urged his readers in Rome to be tolerant of those who come to differing views. That is an important message for us today in the challenges we face. We pray for God’s guidance as we make our voting decisions, whether in our National election or at Synod. There’s no going back to the good old days.