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Let God Be Our Guide

Graduations of Archbishop Sentamu Academy

Sunday 1st July 2012

The Archbishop writes in the Sun on Sunday about God being our Guide for the journey, the graduations of Archbishop Sentamu Academy and support for Armed Forces day. His column follows...

The holiday season has begun and our roads are already full of people travelling in search of sun, sea, rest and fun.  But sometimes our journeys can be quite fraught.  The next town on your journey mysteriously disappears from the signposts, your Sat-Nav is taking you off in a strange direction, your children are clamouring for you to turn off and find a café, you are worried about the knocking sound in the engine. Your wonderful destination can seem a long way off.

Over three hundred years ago, John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress which is regarded as one of the most significant Christian books after the bible. It is a story of the life journey we go through towards our journey’s end (heaven), and the trials and temptations which can take us off course.  Often we think it’s only the troubles of life that make us stumble – financial problems, bereavement or breakdown of relationships – but frequently it’s life’s pleasures and diversions which lead us astray so that we end up lost and far from the destination we were aiming for. Our prayer for this Sunday reminds us that how we live our lives affects what we’ll become. If we are not to lose our way to that place of ‘no more tears, no more death, no more mourning and crying, and no more pain’ – God’s home we call heaven, we must let God be our guide. He’s a far more reliable Sat Nav than anything this world provides.

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal.  

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Graduations

This week, here at Bishopthorpe Palace, I held a special Diploma awards service for students from the Sixth Form of the Archbishop Sentamu Academy in Hull.

It was wonderful to welcome the graduating students, their parents and teachers to Bishopthorpe.  It’s a great honour to have my name linked with such a wonderful cathedral of learning. My heartfelt congratulations go to the students and staff.

Up and down the country, many students are coming to the close of their time at school and moving on to something new and exciting. Their own journeys will bring them face to face with fresh challenges and experiences. I pray that they will meet them with determination and perseverance and that they will keep their eye fixed on the goal they want to achieve.

May we all have the courage to have dreams that will transform not only our lives, but the lives of all those we meet, for the better.

Armed Forces Day – Show Your Support

This weekend we celebrate and give thanks for the work of Her Majesty The Queen’s Armed Forces and their families. 

Our armed forces perform a vital and selfless role on our behalf. We should never forget their contribution.

Our soldiers are the bravest of the brave. At Bishopthorpe we continue to pray for their safety and the sacrifices they make for our nation.

Just this week the Yorkshire Regiment presented me with a beret which we will keep here in our Chapel to reminds us in our daily prayers of the young men and women putting their lives on the line on a daily basis far away from home.

God bless you all.

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