Death or Glory?

In our corps at the moment we are struggling with the business of death. Four funerals in two months has depleted our roll. We’d like to see them as victories for faithful soldiers, but the pain of losing lifelong friends and the age of the current congregation leaves many fearful for the future. Interestingly, the Candidates’ Sunday material challenges everyone — young and old — to be obeying God’s will. This may not go down well with those who say things like “we’ve done it all before,” “I’m to old and tired”.

But do we really believe that God has a purpose for the old? Can they learn to trust God’s plans and allow younger people or “outside” people (i.e. Christians with non-Army backgrounds) to create a future in their cherished corps.

My problem is not that I don’t believe God has a plan, it’s just that I can’t see how he’s going to make it work in my appointment. Perhaps it’s time to exercise a little faith and get out of the way.

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About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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