Tickhill Methodist Church

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Rev. Dr. Frank Okai-Sam

A message from our minister

It’s Time to Talk

Dear Friends

It’s time to talk.  I have heard this so many times in all spheres of life.  Recently, it is the government talking with the opposition in order to have a compromise over BREXIT.

Talking over issues is not new in Christendom.  Jesus encouraged his disciples to talk to God by introducing them to the Lord’s Prayer.  This has become one of the most popular prayers of all times.  But I wonder if we can think of some of the things we need to talk about.

After Jesus resurrected on Easter Day, the story is told of a couple who were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  On the road, they shared their frustrations of the Jesus whom they hoped was the Messiah but had been killed.  Luke 24: 15 – 24 state:

As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.  He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”  They stood still; their faces downcast.  One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.  “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.  The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.  And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.  In addition, some of our women amazed us.  They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body.  They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.  Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

The above conversation between the couple and the stranger depicts the couple’s disappointments and doubts.  It is a typical conversation that occurs in our normal lives.  As we read further in the chapter, we will realise that the stranger explained the scriptures to them.  This helped them in their understanding.  It was when the couple had invited Jesus for supper, and he had broken bread that they realised who he was.

Upon reflection I realised that sharing our stories with one another and with God can make a great difference in our lives.  For example, many people are experiencing mental and emotional stress because they cannot find the space and time to share.  Some people even feel very lonely to the extend that they are considering ending their lives.  However, there in hope in talking to someone or an agency.

Secondly, I wonder if it’s time for us to be like Jesus by being ready to walk alongside people and listening to them.  They want to share their disappointments and doubts but most often, there’s no one to listen.  Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, did not interrupt when the couple shared their feelings and disappointments.  He did not judge them but just listened.  It was after their sharing that he decided to help them with the scriptures.  I wonder whether we have the time and space to help people pour out their hearts and feel safe in our presence.  I also wonder if they can trust us at all.  The couple trusted this stranger on the road to Emmaus.  No wonder they were prepared to listen to this stranger who had a solution in his sleeves.

This month, I wonder if I can suggest to any one struggling to be bold and talk about their disappointments, fears and struggles.  You can find help in the church around you or from a professional agency.  Secondly, I wonder if as a good neighbour you can free up a few minutes or hours a week to sit by someone who feels lonely or whom you know is struggling.  You will be a saviour to that person and that’s what Jesus is asking us to do.

Have a blessed month.

Yours sincerely,

Rev Dr. Frank Okai-Sam

(Methodist Minister - Adwick, Bawtry, Harworth, Sprotbrough & Tickhill)

Tel.: 01302857952

E-mail:  frank.okai-sam@methodist.org.uk

February 2019