Mar 11, 2012
Sorry about the poor audio quality this week.
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
In dark times like this it would be easy to get depressed and sink into despair. Thinking of the nation we might ask when will the recession end? When will the stock market recover its value? As individuals we can also face dark times. Perhaps someone close to us has died. Perhaps we are having difficulties in our relationships. Or maybe we are facing health or financial difficulties. The message of today's readings is that the dark times do come to an end. They say that we have a hope now for the future. And this hope is a free gift.
Numbers and the John reading tell us that life will win out, even when death seems certain. To make sure of this God sent Jesus not only to die for us but to live for us and to give us his new life. That's the message of the Ephesians reading too. God does the incredible thing, of turning death into new life. Finally Psalm 117, not just today's reading, but the whole thing reassures us that all the sickness, storms, deserts, and prisons of our lives can be healed, made calm, made green, and broken open.
Questions for thought or discussion
How easy is it to accept a favour? What can make it hard? How do you feel and react to a lavish free gift?
Will you accept the favour?? Can you accept the free gift??