“Pat feels he’s a really happy man.”
It was reported yesterday that the author of Postman Pat, John Cunliffe has passed away. I remember as a child in the 1980s watching with fondness the adventures of Pat Clifton, a postman in the fictional village of Greendale (inspired by the real valley of Longsleddale near Kendal)
The theme tune of the series speaks of Pat’s happiness as he drives around in his little red van delivering letters through people’s doors.
Now you may think I have gone ‘ snooker, loopy nuts’ ( to quote a line from the famous Chas and Dave duo, sadly Chas also passed away this week) writing a contemplation about Postman Pat, but bear with me!
This week has been unusual, as I have spent a lot of time outside the parish. On Monday I had the privilege of going to a workplace and asking for God’s blessing on a new business venture and office space. On Thursday I spent the day with clergy from the Liverpool Diocese on a study day at Liverpool Hope University. On both days I was struck by how happy people were in their jobs or what I like to call vocations. Being happy in our everyday lives, I am sure you will agree, is so important and yet I wonder if we were asked the question “Are you happy, content in your life/job?” How many of us could honestly answer, “I am”.
Over the last month the Church of England has launched a new initiative asking the question, “Where is God during our daily lives?”
To help explore this question personal stories are being shared on social media and the C of E website .Click below to take a look https://www.churchofengland.org/everydayfaith
The Bible tells us that God is interested in every area of our lives, however big or small. “all things were created. … And in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). It also means we can bring even the smallest concern to Him in prayer, knowing that He cares about us and watches over us. We read in Jeremiah 29:11 that God has a plan for our lives, “ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Choosing to believe in the promises of God can lead to a different kind of happiness, a different state of mind, one of peace and contentment. If today you want to ask God to be part of your everyday life and know His promises for you why not get in touch with us? As you begin to understand a different perspective maybe you will be able to say this sentence “Insert your name – feels he/she is a really happy man/woman”.