As per last week, what follows is a compilation of words from Roots & Fresh from the Word as well as some of my own thoughts.
In our opening prayer we reflected on Jesus’s words – I am the way! He also said I am the truth & the life! You all should be aware by now that if I had been taking Church services I would have spoken about “Words” but I suppose the theme goes on, it is in fact eternal, words and how we use them, how we extract the meanings from them, I remember many years ago as a very junior Church teaching assistant having to be re-educated by Martin Dakin in the true meaning of certain passages from the bible. What follows is an extract from Roots,
“The limitations of human language and our imaginations makes us think in terms of physical buildings and places, and heaven as a ‘happy place’ – somewhere! But is that naive? Remember that Jesus said not only that he is the ‘way’, but also that he is the ‘truth’ and the ‘life’. These are all things that are important now, in this life. Perhaps this passage is more about this life, the here and now, than the next one. Perhaps Jesus is helping his disciples understand how they are to live – once he is gone.
You need a way to live your life – Jesus is the way; he shows us the way to live. You need to know what is true and good, and what isn’t – Jesus is the truth; learn from his teaching. You want to live a good fulfilling life? Jesus is the life. Abundant fulfilling life is what he came to bring; we learn about life from what he did. What do you think this means in practice?”
Extract from Roots 10th May 2020
In these time of loss, where we are reminded every day of the personal stories of loss, that are the fabric of those daily figures that benchmark where we are on this long road we are travelling on, nobody knows when the path will level out but I am sure of one thing, we need to use our faith, even when we question it to support our community, we will all have stories to tell, we hear every day of the devotion of a person or group of people to others, so although a lot of us are limited by definition to what we can do, just remember these words Jesus said “I am the way”, he is our Sat Nav (but we know he will not send us in the wrong direction) As with some of my plants not all will bring forth flowers, but it’s really good having a go!
May God bless you, guide you and direct you.
May God bless you, give you strength and the assurance of his love.
May God bless you and fill your life with his presence – today and always.
(Roots May 10th)