“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
The hands of God and humanity reaching out to touch
(from a painting by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s, Rome)
I am reading an amazing book called “A New Map of Wonders” by Caspar Henderson. As one of its reviewers says, ‘for there to be science, there has to be wonder!’ and Henderson certainly marvels at the wonders of creation all around us – in light, the material universe, the human body, and shapes his wonder in ‘maps’ of information. This reminds me of the coalescence in Psalm 8 of both awe for creation and how the Laws of Nature hold it all together, and the complexity of how humanity relates to it all – just like a map of wonders
Recently there has been a lot of focus on stabbings and shootings in London, not least in the press. It has been reported that the murder rate in London is higher than New York (and while this may have been true for that month it was not true for the previous year taken as a whole). The fact that New York has three times as many murders as London does not make our situation any less palatable. This is a serious situation which needs addressing. Continue reading
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 NRSV
Lent began this year with Valentine’s Day, when I was challenged to ask, ‘what is real love’? On the Sunday at Longcauseway United Church, Dewsbury the church Leadership Team led the service, but it was a real leading by the Holy Spirit, who took us through worship and teaching to the very heart of God.
In Jesus Christ we receive all the love that God has to give, and by the Holy Spirit we are given that love for ourselves, (yes, for each and every one of us ) and to share with everyone else. The children made hearts for everyone, but as you received the first one, you were to give it to someone else, and then someone would share theirs with you. It was a very simple but powerful activity. As our own hearts are forgiven, healed and restored, we receive a new heart to live a new life, as the old has gone. Another ‘sketch’ acted out, at first by the young people, but then inviting others to join in was “People in the Box” – what a wonderful hotchpotch of humanity was invited into the box, but even more profoundly, leapt out of the box together.
Here was the clue as to how Lent will end – on April Fool’s Day!