So there we are. The bookies were right!
Here’s what Justin is reported to have said:
“To be nominated to this post is both astonishing and exciting”, and it was something “he never expected”.
He admitted the last few weeks “have been a rather strange experience”.
He added: “We are at one of these rare points where the tide of events is turning and the Church nationally, including the Church of England, has great opportunities to match its very great but often hidden strengths.
“I feel a massive sense of privilege at being one of those responsible for the leadership of the Church in a time of spiritual hunger when our network of parishes and schools, and above all people, means we are facing the toughest issues in the toughest places.”
He told reporters that one of the biggest challenges was taking over from Dr Williams, who he claimed “will be recognised as one of the greatest Archbishops of Canterbury”.
Bishop Welby also said he was “wildly optimistic about the future of the Church”.
He added: “We’ll certainly get things wrong, I certainly will. But the grace of God is greater than our biggest failures. We will also certainly get much right and do so already.“
I like that.
Well, time to put aside any misgivings and give Justin and Caroline the support they deserve. Here’s a prayer for them both:
‘For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’ (from Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians)
Blessings and hugs, guys.