“Thursday Fellowship started again after the summer break and Phil Cook brought us a message very relevant to our own lives and to the life of our church at the moment. He spoke on the encounter between Jacob and his brother Esau in Genesis 33:1-14, especially v14. He chose the King James version, which says, ‘I will lead on softly, according as the cattle goeth forth and the children be able to endure.’ Esau was in a hurry, but Jacob wanted to go slowly and softly because he knew his cattle and children needed to go at their pace. It was a rough, stony, steep, hot journey with rivers to cross. As a church, we have not passed this way before but Jesus has, and he understands. Sometimes ‘Esaus’ want us to go too quickly. But Esaus don’t know, don’t understand and don’t have patience. Instead we need to lean on Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as he leads the way. He himself was not led gently or softly to the Cross.

Phil finished with two quotes from the Psalms. Ps 78:53 ‘He led them on safely so that they feared not.’ And Ps 37:23-24 ‘The Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.’

Softly, safely, securely, step by step, till the journey is finished!”

Thank you Sue for this lovely account.

If you would like to join us on a Thursday afternoon, we meet in the Parish Room of the Holy Cross church at 2pm. You would be most welcome. For further details head to: Thursday Fellowship