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Ministry Musings – February 2018

 

 

It’s the beginning of February and we are slowly emerging from the dark days of winter.  As I look into my garden I can see snowdrops appearing and the green spikes of daffodils pushing their way through the soil; the birds are beginning to sing, heralding the approach of Springtime.

It never ceases to amaze me that our God created something so beautiful. As we look around us there is evidence everywhere of a Creator God.

One of my favourite chapters in the Bible is Isaiah 40.

The prophet Isaiah says ‘Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?
Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.  Because of his great power and mighty strength not one of them is missing…
Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth’.

This powerful Creator God is also a just and holy God – so perfect that some might think he must be remote and unapproachable to humans like us.  But this is not so –  the apostle John wrote in his gospel ch 3 verse 16 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus”.

And Jesus himself tells us that this holy God wants us to call him Father – he loves us with a father’s deep love, so deep that he, in the person of Jesus, (God the Son) came to live among us, die for our wrongdoing and now wants to adopt us as his children.

On top of that he has promised to never leave us on our own, but will be right there, alongside us, loving us for the rest of our lives.  What amazing love is that!

Over the coming months at church we will be exploring more about who God is, who Jesus is, where the Holy Spirit fits into all of this, and what that means for us. 

We will be using the Nicene Creed (a much loved statement of our Christian beliefs put together by the early Christian leaders) alongside the Bible to help us in our search to find out more about what Christians believe, and ultimately to understand and be blessed by the love of our great God.

It promises to be an enlightening and exciting journey.

In the meantime, if you are able to, go outside and enjoy the lovely Spring sights and sounds and allow your heart to sing with the recognition of what our great and generous God has provided for us.

God bless

Veronica