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Focal Point (For publishing 12/11/02)

Looking for a Safe Anchor

In one month our world has turned up side down. No longer is terrorism 'over there'. Bali might well have been home soil given the personal impact it has had on our nation. And then Monash. To have people affected from our valley brings it even closer to home. If a piece of iron flaps on a building we jump and a breaking story on the radio causes our ears to strain in anxious anticipation. But do we have to live like this? No, but we will have deal with these thoughts and emotions. Even those of us who haven't lost a relative or had someone close injured, will need to work through the process of grief because we have lost something dear. We have lost part of our freedom and our sense of innocence. How we deal with these tragedies will determine our quality of life. A leader said during a memorial service, 'the perpetrators have taken many things from us but they will not take the youth and freedom of the true Australian spirit'. As much as we wish that this were the case, we can lose more than they took if we don't have a plan; a strategy; an anchor. I use the word anchor because of the words of an old hymn: "Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife; When the strong tides lift and the cables strain, will your anchor drift or firm remain?" "Will your anchor hold in the floods of death, when the waters cold chill your latest breath?" etc. Fortunately the hymn writer doesn't leave us shipwrecked. He speaks words of assurance from the standpoint of faith in his Christian God. "We have an anchor that keeps the soul, steadfast and sure will the billows roll; Fastened to the rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in my Saviour's love". I wonder if you know the anchor of whom he speaks? A friend of mine, when going through the tragedy of losing his son in an horrific shooting, said, "God is my 'still point' in my madly turning world". An anchor does that, it holds us fast when things seem to be out of control. Let me encourage you to explore a relationship with the 'anchor' of whom I speak. For this and help in working through strategies for dealing with the process I mentioned above, ring Valley Care Counselling Service, a Combined Church project, on 0409 517273 for a chat. 


Graeme Dawson
Co-ordinator Focal Point & Valley Care 0409 517273

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