I had decided on my theme, but not written my article before the news of the Manchester bombing hit. The theme 'celebrating life' seems even more appropriate after these terrible events which were designed to destroy rather then bring life.
My musings on the subject of life, began on a far happier note than those which I speak of above. I have been struck recently by several events and conversations about celebrating life. One of these events was a party I attended a few weeks ago, to celebrate a remarkable young man and God's faithfulness to him and his family. Nathaniel, is no ordinary young man, his autism, epilepsy and other needs mean that he is entirely dependent upon others for everything.
Whilst this can be challenging, it is far from depressing; because Nathaniel brings life through his amazing smile and his love of saying 'hiya' to everyone he meets. Nathaniel is also a bridge builder, bringing together some of the most unexpected people imaginable. It was these gifts and the abundance of life which he shares with all that his party was intended to celebrate. It was an event full of life and joy, you might even say a foretaste of heaven.
In John 10:10 Jesus says: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Life is a gift from God, an expression of His infinite creativity to be celebrated. Fullness of life, as God intends it is different for each of us. I wonder what God's gift of fullness of life looks like for you? and how might you share and celebrate it with others?