Tuesday 26th May
Over this last few days I have reflected on death and dying in part through revisiting David Watson and his writing and teaching. It struck me that we never cease to learn, as human beings we have an inbuilt curiosity to discover new things but also we have an incredible ability to revisit and recall past learning and discoveries. God has created us as human beings to grow and learn through the experiences of life. As the writer of the Proverbs says:

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,”

In church we often talk about God being unchanging and if we are not careful we see our churches as being refuges from the world. In fact nothing could be further from the truth as the church reflects God’s character and he longs to make us more like his Son. I love the way the King James Bible puts this:

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

As we learn and experience more of God then we are changed and become more like Jesus. Often it is only when we look back on the experiences of our lives that we see what we have learnt and how we have changed. In the present coronavirus crisis it is very easy to just live one day at a time but I want to challenge you to ask yourself how is the present crisis changing you? What are you learning about yourself and your faith? How has your view of church and God developed? You might have other questions and reflections but remember as Paul wrote:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:”

As we pray today pray for those who find the changes of this present crisis so difficult particularly we remember those who struggle with dementia and memory problems. Pray too for those in our communities who are trying to make sense of the changes impacting our society and are helping us to reimagine the future.

Blessed are you, God of growth and discovery;
yours is the inspiration that has altered
and changed our lives;
yours is the power that has brought us
to new dangers and opportunities.
Set us, your new creation, to walk through
this new world, watching and learning,
loving and trusting,
until your kingdom comes.