Over the Easter weekend I was thinking a lot about Easter Saturday. The gospels do not tell us much about that day, other than it was the Sabbath so a day of rest. I often find that it is when you have time to rest and reflect on things that you can begin to feel and process distress, panic and sadness. So, we can only imagine how Jesus's followers were feeling.
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This month at Emmanuel church we are exploring our vision and values. On Sunday 2ndApril we shared some of our hopes and dreams for the months and years ahead. We have been thinking too about our unique God given gifts and calling, and where each one of us fits within the life and ministry of Christ’s church.
I recently watched a film called Notes on Blindness about an academic theologian, called John Hull (a real person) who decided to use audiocassettes over 16 years to document and come to terms with his deterioration into blindness.
I was getting off the train on a mission to get home and this lady was in my way, so as I was about to bless her by cutting her up for the ticket gates I clocked it was on old friend. I had a split second to think - do I stop and talk or cut her up?!
Mothering Sunday provokes varied emotions. Of all things I have experienced, becoming a mother has had the most profound impact on my relationship with God. It has changed how I understand his overwhelming, sacrificial love. It has challenged the way I engage with him (toddlers and 'quiet God time' do not easily mix!)
A few weeks ago I went on a day retreat. I began my retreat with a written ‘conversation’ with God. “Lord, how do you want me to spend this day?”, I wrote. His reply seemed to be “Learn to love me more”. I wrote “What does ‘more’ mean? More often? More intensely? More consistently? More purely?”. He seemed to say “More consistently. Focus on this.