Spirit & Life
Trust and hope are two words we have heard a great deal in recent times, and I am sure that they will be priority words in the election seasons ahead.
Jesus’ teachings are about the here and now. The reign of God is being revealed and lived out now, wherever we are. Our faith is not about something esoteric or futuristic.
I fully understand Simon’s point of view – been out all night and completely exhausted, and Jesus asks him to put out into the deep water and give it a go! Going out into the ‘deep water’ again in our bobbing boats is a simile for our churches this year.
Chosen and known, loved and understood. Before we even enter this world, we are cherished by God. Such good news!
There is nothing like the baby within you jumping and moving with life. It is a gift and a wonder. From the beginning, you are aware of the other.
Ancient wisdom reminds us God is loving, encompassing, uplifting and renewing!
God is in our midst, renewing us in love, recognising all,
lifting the lowly with saving grace and drawing us all ‘home’.
These last two years have left people anxious, fatigued and exhausted. We have overcome outbreaks, followed by lockdown, only to find it repeated with more restrictions in place. While this is a whole community occurrence, the sense of isolation, loneliness, anxiety and uncertainty is individual.
Jesus is right again – our fig tree has certainly demonstrated that summer is approaching! Advent is upon us and Christmas draws near.
The end of the Church Year in the RCL draws us to a time of reviewing the year that was, and anticipating what may yet to be, in both our Church and personal life.
What a beautiful, positive, and hope-filled call! Over and over again, throughout each generation, there will be times of sorrowing, fracture, societal upheaval, and significant loss. In the midst of pain, our hope through faith is found in two ways – individually and together.