Revd Jackie

Rev. Jackie Bullen

Letter from the Vicar - May

The 'Bucket List'

Have you heard the expression ‘Making a Bucket list’?

I have and I wondered what it meant, so I looked it up on the internet and it says, “If you haven't heard about the term “bucket list”, it is a list of all the goals you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfil and life experiences you desire to experience before you die”.

A ‘bucket’ in which to store all our hopes, our dreams and aspirations. I wonder what would be in yours? A trip to Venice, learn to swim, meet a famous singer, walk the Camino, sort out your garden or perhaps even just get round to having a cup of tea with an old friend. Often people put things they want to do on their list rather than things they wish to own.

So what if we were to write down a spiritual bucket list? What would you include on yours?

To know yourself accepted and loved by your creator?

To have some sense of purpose in your life?

To experience a sense of deep inner peace?

To feel overwhelmed by the joy of simply being alive?

To experience the real presence of God for yourself?

It is OK drawing up a list but this is just the first step in the process. The idea is then to try to make some of those things happen. How do we go about that? Sometimes things do just happen and we find ourselves experiencing something we hadn’t planned or organised but more often it is the case that we need to make some effort towards achieving our dreams and hopes.

Even when we do plan things they don’t always go according to plan and we do have to be patient and maybe try several times before we achieve our aims. Of course, it can be easier to give up on things that require effort and planning. Frustrations, setbacks and discouragements can tempt us to give up on our hopes and dreams, but perseverance and patience can pay off in the long run.

So where do we start? Maybe with something very basic yet important to our spiritual life – prayer and making time to be with God. Finding time to read the Bible and going along to church to meet with other people who, like us, want to do more about deepening their understanding of the Christian faith. The people we meet there will not be perfect, nor have all the answers but they will also be walking a journey.

Maybe having looked at their own ‘bucket list’ they too are looking to fulfil their dreams, achieve their goals and experience life as they never thought possible.

We can journey together.

With love and prayers.


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