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It’s the season of holidays and whether you are going to far-flung places or stopping at home and perhaps enjoying days out locally, I hope you have a lovely summer. For my end of term school assemblies, I took a large world map, and we found different places people are visiting. I also had an enormous travel bag, from which a pupil pulled out, sunglasses, my passport, a sun hat, suntan cream, a book, a toothbrush, and a very large Bible which I use in schools. We talked about the things we take on holiday.

When it came to the Bible I said I probably wouldn’t take such a large, heavy book with me, but inside was a piece of paper with the word, “God”. I made the point to the children that no matter where they are going for their holidays - home or abroad - one thing they don’t need to pack is God, because God is always with them.

There’s a lovely Bible verse which says, “If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me”. Christians believe God is everywhere, we could go to Much Wenlock, Madrid, Mauritius, even Mars, and God is there.

God is everywhere, to lead and help us, not distant. We don’t need a wifi connection, or any other infrastructure, to connect with God; all we need to do is speak - pray. God is everywhere and loves it when we chose to pray and connect.

Rev Julia