Monday's devotions was led by John and Audrey Curnow

John and Audrey joined us to talk to us about the idea of family within our work. They read from 'Colossians 3: 12-14' which says:

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity"

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday, the day in the Christian calendar when we celebrate the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

John linked the reading from Colossians with the story of Joseph in the Bible, a story about a very dysfunctional family, that despite their problems God eventually brought about His purpose.

Some years ago the book The Shack was published. It was a book that some loved but others didn’t, but what it showed was that God is essentially a family, working together. It was a fundamental message of the story.

Perhaps we at Hospices of Hope should be thinking the same, that we are a ‘family’ on every level. Those we work with face all sorts of challenges- illness, poverty etc and through the strength of ‘family’ we can help and support them.

Our staff can be viewed as a family, working together and united for a common goal. Through this we can reveal the family of God and His love.

By viewing our work and our relationships in this way we would hope that people who come to our offices and shops or events should see that there is something different about us and our organisation.