The Minister writes

 

 

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

Matthew 6:26, 28-30

 

Dear All,

I wonder, have you seen any of those ‘3-D’ pictures lately? I don’t think they’re as common as they have been at times, although I noticed that one ‘popped up’ on Facebook the other day! Perhaps you have memories of watching a 3-D film in the past, wearing the special glasses of course! I remember a visit to a well-known pizza restaurant when the children were younger and they were given a 3-D magazine complete with 3-D glasses. This kept them occupied while waiting for the food and afterwards at home! You’ll be familiar with the concept, I’m sure: the idea is that you look at a picture which mainly comprises of odd dots and colours and if you focus in a certain way, a wonderful 3-D picture emerges.

Mind you, it’s never something that everyone sees, is it!? Were you able to see the pictures in 3-D? Personally, I find myself among those who can’t see them as my eyes are just terrible at teamwork due to squint problems! Three dimensional images are just not something I can really see. Minister and writer Nick Fawcett asks, isn’t that ‘the thing with sight? We don’t all see things in quite the same way do we? An old saying puts it well: ‘Two men looked out through prison bars; one saw mud and the other saw stars.’’ One of them sees dull, dirt and darkness and one sees beauty. ‘One sees despair’ and ‘the other sees hope’. ‘This is not to say that everything is subjective. Rather than on occasions, we have to have our eyes opened to the wonder of something before we really appreciate it.’

I think this is what Jesus is saying to the crowd that was gathered on the hill desperate to hear his teaching. There is encouragement in his words for us to look carefully at the ordinary things of life, at something as common and ordinary as a wild flower growing in the field and then to see God at work. Surely, as those who are open to mystery and wonder, as those who are open to the divine, in Fawcett’s words, ‘life takes on a whole new dimension, speaking not only of the beauty of the natural world but also of the loving purposes of God.’

Through these summer months, let’s be attentive to where God is at work in the world around us. Let’s make time to enjoy his creation and to be open to divine moments of renewal. Let’s also look out for God’s hand upon our lives and those we love as we go about our day to day lives. Let’s look out for his presence and his goodness in the ordinary as well as the extraordinary experiences of life. Let’s look out for the beautiful wild flowers growing in the midst of our daily lives.

With love, 

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A Prayer by Nick Fawcett

Creator God, I thank you for the world you have given us: so full of beauty, so touched with wonder. I praise you for its ability to move, astound and refresh, and above all for the way it speaks of Your love and purposes. Forgive me that I sometimes lose sight of those deeper realities, failing to look beneath the surface. Open my eyes afresh and help me to see your hand in creation and your love in the daily routine of life. Through Jesus Christ my Lord, Amen.