Rector's Ramblings: July 18th 2021

 

 

   There’s a lot of anxiety around at present. What do we take delight in? Nothing is more certain of banishing anxiety than taking delight in something or someone. I’ve been anxious about many things of late and anxiety comes many times. Yet each time I try to remember Jesus, and when I do, sanity returns. See what you make of this – a little poem what I have wrote:

WHAT IF IT’S TRUE?

 “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:16-17 The Message)

What if it’s true?

Actually true,

Not just true in my opinion, or relatively true?

Or true only in the make believe of Santa Claus and Mary Poppins?

But actually true –that God exists?

 

What if it’s true

that God created every atom in the universe,

that God created each one of us

lovingly and carefully,

and breathed his life into us?

What if it’s true

that He created us

for relationship with Him?

Created us in love, by love, for love, to love?

 

What if it’s true,

actually true?

This story of God being born on earth,

the baby in the manger in Bethlehem?

That God is not remote and distant,

but is Emmanuel, God with us?

What if it’s actually true

that whether life’s journey

is good and easy,

or tough and dark,

we can know God is with us, Emmanuel;

that we are never alone?

What if it’s true?

 

What if it’s true, actually true,

that opening ourselves to this love of God

changes everything?

changes us, transforms us

and or world

into the likeness of Jesus Christ?

That we become good because we know we’re loved

What if it’s true?

 

What if it’s true, so wonderfully true?

But we are overfull,

too full to have room

 in heart and mind and soul,

too full to have room for this truth?

 

Because we have filled the space within us

that is God’s space.

With self doubt, self satisfaction,

with self hatred, self accusing,

self conceit, self absorption?

So that tonight, there is again

no room at the inn?

 

What if it’s true and

we can dare to sing with the angels

in their joy

at this wonderful crazy God

who risks us and what we will do to him

for sake of his love of us?

 

For if it’s true, actually true,

then God calls us to himself.

Not through making us ashamed and guilty

but through wonder, awe, amazement, love

at the sight of his glory come to earth in Bethlehem.

And He gently humbly asks

to come in and dwell with us.

 

For if it’s true,

if it’s actually true that

Emmanuel, God with us,

Would make his home with us.

To allow him in

makes for the most wonderful, satisfying,

scary, demanding journey

that any human being can make,

for nothing is the same again.

 

Will we allow him to be born again is us

today?

If it’s true, actually true,

what else makes sense?