Listen, do you want to know a secret … this Beatles/Billy J Kramer song has haunted me recently, I opened my Easter video from The Olive Grove Retreat with it. If you are as old as me you will remember the words and the tune. Written in 1962 by John Lennon – poor John, he didn’t know that some 18 years later his creative genius would depart this world. Yet he left behind so many good songs and memories for us to enjoy. Those were the days my friend … 

We who remember the 60s think of simpler times. Because we were young and full of life, hope. Today life is so complicated. As we get older we have so much to look back on. ‘Regrets, I’ve had a few but then again too few to mention’ (My Way). 

I came across a reading the other day which really got me thinking and nodding in agreement. No, it wasn’t my latest novel which is going quite well! It was the thought that we spend so much time with the assumption that God is ‘up there’, and our job is is to transcend this world to find ‘Him’. We spend so much time trying to get ‘up there’, we miss that God’s big leap in Jesus was to come ‘down here’. Jesus is set as the human blueprint, the standard in the sky, the oh-so-hopeful pattern of divine transformation. Trust the down, and God will take care of the up. No need to create success stories for ourselves or failure stories for others.

Back to the beginning. Our life story has been to seek success. Get a good job, nurture a loving family, be happy. This is what we have understood as our purpose and maybe we didn’t do so bad. A few regrets OK but generally everything worked out as it is supposed to. Good decisions, bad decisions, with the cards we were dealt. 

Trust the down, God’s blueprint, and God will take care of the up. No more ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ (written by John Lennon for The Beatles 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band).Too many lonely hearts, even for those who seem to have everything.

If you want to talk about my words above or anything on your mind, I am always available via email or phone

 Bye for now and God bless you

Rev Andrew