Alton Webteam: February 2016
Love is the answer
You may recall that in the December Newsletter I wrote about the funeral of Roger who died walking the Pilgrims' Way to Santiago in Spain.
There is a Postscript:
his wife Lorraine received an unannounced visit from an American lawyer from Ohio, who had walked sections of the route with Roger, and had been present when his sudden death occurred.
Budd had decided to extend his vacation in Spain in order to visit the address Roger had given him when they became friends, and to tell Lorraine what he had witnessed, as well as reassure her about the manner of his death.
Reaching her had involved extra travel and expense, finding his way to coastal Devon, but the kindness of this stranger, whom Lorraine has likened to her " Good Samaritan" has helped her accept Roger's death, as well as give her a new pen-friend.
Last week Rob and I saw the film " The Danish Girl" starring Eddie Redmayne. It is superbly acted and very moving in its portrayal of a transgender relationship. The wife's love for her husband allowed her to support him in becoming a woman, despite the anguish and loss she felt herself.
Tuesday's circuit meeting at church with Keith to discuss human relationships and marriage, and the issues surrounding a possible updating of the Methodist Church's understanding of both, highlighted a model for Christians living with contradictory convictions. I find it so hard to feel love for someone whom I fundamentally disagree with, so I am keeping it close to hand!
Love takes many forms, but as we know from the example of Jesus, whatever the question, it has to be the answer.
Karen L Booker ( Pastoral Assistant)
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