Tuesday 12th May
It is easy to like and love those who are like us! I am sure we have often thought life would be much easier if everyone thought like we did! If I am honest I can be an excellent armchair politician, it is much easier to poke holes in other people’s arguments or ideas than it is to find creative solutions or see possibilities for new ideas. As human beings we all like a settled life and change is disruptive and can cause dis-ease in us. Jesus understood only too well that it is much easier to spot issues in others than sort out our own short comings. He told a parable to help us all see the silliness in ourselves:
‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s or sister’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your them, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?’
Change is something that is unsettling and disturbing and I think that is actually quite a good thing! It is very easy to settle for being settled, but actually we flourish and develop through the process of change and it is how our faith is deepened and grows. The present crisis is causing us all to rethink how and why we do things and for the church that is a real challenge because we often see church as the place to shelter from the winds and storms of change. I was challenged in the last few days to see change as a positive force for good that is asking us to reimagine who and what we are as Christians and as God’s church. Perhaps Isaiah understood this as he wrote in a time of massive upheaval, persecution and exile – in other words a time of dramatic change!
‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’
As you pray today ask God to give you his perspective of the present crisis and what he might be saying to you personally and to us collectively as a church. Pray for our church leaders that they might help us to discover the future and the courage to leave the past even when it is comfortable. Pray too for those who are frightened by the uncertainty of the present crisis that they might know God’s peace and comfort.
Lord of rising sun and gentle rain,
whose gifts cannot be counted,
and whose care is unbounded:
free us from a measured love,
which keeps a record of wrong,
and take us beyond the limits where we
speak only with those who reflect ourselves;
recall us to your image shining and alive
in many-coloured eyes.
Through Jesus Christ the peacemaker.