May 2021 – Hatty Elkhazan
Our speaker at the May Filling Station meeting was Hatty Elkhazan, who spoke about her perspective on living as a christian at the age of 25. Her two main themes explored living in community and what it means to discover our creative purposes in the eyes of our creator God.
The house that she lives in with her husband and another family of four, base their community living on Acts Chapter 2.
Hatty reflected that perhaps the church should be looking towards the model of meeting in small groups and developing deeper relationships with one another rather than just being part of a large church community, which can feel rather lonely. Also following the principle of going out into the world in twos to spread the good news of Jesus and that christians can do this best by the example they live by, rather than the words that they say. How can we influence our family and friends and those around us if we do not live authentically? Rather than conforming to the secular expectations of the world we should stand apart, motivated to bring God’s love into the lives of those who have never experienced it.
In addition God wants us to nurture and explore our individual creativity so that we can be fulfilled and grow in His image. However it is easy to get sidetracked in our overly busy lives doing the things we should do, which can lead to feelings of restlessness. Hatty reminded us of the importance of finding inner peace and for her that comes through maintaining a weekly sabbath. She switches off her electronic devices, her mobile, the clocks in her house and spends the day relaxing in the presence of God. This may be through silence, baking a cake, reading a book, going for a walk, spending quality time with friends. It centres and re-energizes her so that she is equipped to deal with the week ahead.