Trinity Stories – Jeremy Nelson
I’m Jeremy and I’m married to Hazel. My working life was in teaching, eventually Assistant Headteacher in a comprehensive high school – but now retired. I’m currently treasurer of Trinity and this occupies a great deal of my time. I enjoy music and our caravan, which provides a welcome haven of peace.
When did you become aware of God?
I was born into a “regular church-going family” and so was taught about God from the very beginning. However, I don’t think I was aware of God until I was at university and started to ask questions. Fortunately, I was at a Church of England college so there were chaplains there who could attempt to answer some of the difficult questions posed by students. The learning experience has continued and I have become more aware of God’s presence and love as the years have passed.
In what ways has God made a difference to your life?
I do like God’s sense of humour. Whenever I try to get out of doing something, He’ll find a way of making me do it. Also, I think I became really aware, during an exchange visit to France some years ago, that God is everywhere and was with me there. So, I continually need to ask the questions, “What does God want me to do?” and “What would Jesus do?”
What is the thing you find most challenging about following Jesus?
Controlling my short fuse! – although I’m encouraged by knowing that Jesus had a bit of a tantrum in the Temple. Trouble is, his was righteous anger whereas mine so often is selfish or thoughtless.
Share a part of the Bible that is speaking to you at the moment
“For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below – there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8 vv38-39
How has being part of Trinity helped you in your Christian journey?
Being part of a vibrant Christian family – with all its love and blemishes – and constant challenges whenever I get too complacent.
If you had the chance to ask God one question, what would you ask?
I suppose that, as I’ve reached “the third age”, and have fought with two doses of cancer, it would be, “my knowledge tells me that this is true, but – will you really forgive me and welcome me into your heavenly family?”