I hope that Easter has been a time of renewal for you all and you have been able to enjoy the glorious weather. Easter is for me, as you all know, very busy and holds a certain poignancy as we travel from death into life. The sunrise on Easter Sunday was I am told the best yet and we watched the sun glinting on the horizon then rise majestically into the sky heralding the new day and time to celebrate the risen Jesus. There are lots of stories to tell and reminders of the message of Easter all around but for me this year what stuck in my mind was the question of a small child. He asked his mum “Can we go and find Jesus and be where he is?”
I find myself asking “what if” questions.
What if as we know the challenges, we all were as eager to seek Jesus? What if we could make the most of every opportunity to share the stories of where we find Jesus? What if each church member could bring along just one person who is ready to ask the question? Where might I find him?
Our Circuit vision statement of ‘Pray, Love, Learn, Go, Grow’ encapsulates everything. Jesus taught his disciples to pray as he did in the garden of Gethsemane. He taught them what love is by his servant ministry at the last supper and by dying on the cross
He had spent his ministry teaching them, and then after the resurrection they were commissioned to go and grow the church. This is the cycle and maxim that we are commissioned for in order to move forward and make disciples.
The next 40 days are preparation time for us to be released, and at Pentecost to go into the world. People like the little boy mentioned above are seeking, and the news stories are not exactly good news are they?
We must be ready to sow the seeds whenever and wherever we go and water them, we are told God the gardener will do the rest. The question is are we ready and willing to listen to where we should go, and dare we go to places where we have never been before?
I am excited by where God will lead us, I hope you are too.