Archive of: February, 2020
My first Parsha theme is silence. Think about the characteristics of a fire. There are bright flames and intense heat. It is vivid and alive. But is it silent? No. When you read the sad stories about survivors and the firefighters of the recent terrible bushfires around Australia, many of them refer to the roaring rush of flames and wind, and sounds that were like explosions. So, how did Moses hear God through the fire? And how did God make his presence known? Today, could God always be communicating with us, but we don’t hear it? Do we all live lives that are too busy to take the time to listen to God? There might not be fire around us, but the noise comes in other ways, through devices and technology, or machinery, or the constant stimulation that we all seem to crave these days. We need to learn the sounds of silence and how to listen for God.
It is a pleasure to report that the ‘new’ Board of Management – now into its fourth month of operation – has been extraordinarily dedicated and hard-working. It has established new committees/teams and is overseeing an on-going drive to strengthen procedures, all designed to make operations more transparent, consistent and effective.