Vicar's Letter November 2015
Back to the Future 2 was released 1989, looking to now in 2015 – in its fantasy there were hoverboards and rubbish used to fuel flying cars… if only! The basic scenario of all three ‘Back to the Future’ films is about choices made and their consequences… some amusing, some very serious – like real life actually.
In the Harry Potter novels Harry is concerned that when he put on the Sorting Hat he was being encouraged to think of going to Slytherin as his School House where the members tended to evil and darkness. Harry desperately wanted to be in Gryffindor, to which he was appointed, but that struggle haunted him. Until that is, Dumbledore pointed out that it was because Harry had CHOSEN in his mind which was right - and he added ‘by our choices, Harry, we set the seed to develop our character and our future.’
We are faced with choices throughout our day and we have to deal with the consequences of those choices – some of little importance and others that will turn out to be of a greater significance.
As Christians we believe our choices in everything are defined and determined by God’s teaching and guidance with love, honour and self-giving service.
If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… Joshua 24:15
If we look ‘Back to the Future’ thirty years ago – where were we, what were we doing? Then consider the choices we have made that brought us to where we are now… and then contemplate our future choices –Where does our help in making these choices come from? What is our bench mark? Where do we place reliance and trust on making the right choices?
…As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
Revd Jane Parry