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Thought for the Day by Ben Martin (Curate)
If you were to scroll down to the the Bulletin from last Tuesday you would have read my last bulletin where I talked about being a child of God. Quoting 1 John 3:1 ‘See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are
Well today I’m going to turn the tables…
Imagine this… a child comes home from school one day looking somewhat downcast. You ask them why and they say no one played with them at lunch?
What do you do?
How about this one? An email pings into your child’s inbox. It's from the University they hope to go to. They call you in excitedly. You open it together and it is a rejection letter saying they haven’t got a place.
What do you do?
Or imagine this unlikely scene… the kids are playing outside having fun with each and being kids… they start climbing the tree. They know they aren’t meant to. You’ve told them a thousand times not to because they will hurt themselves. You see them do it again and tell them again not to. A minute later you hear a shout and the tears come flooding as they’ve hurt themselves… just like you said.
What do you do?
What is the answer to all those… give them a hug, show them love and kindness.
In sadness, in rejection and in something that is their own fault as their parent what do you do? Give them a hug, show them love and kindness.
If that is what you would do as a parent, how much more will God.
In our sadness he is there.
In our rejections he is there.
Even in our sin he is there.
Because that is what a Father does.
God is a Father who we can always come to, in fact, he is a Father who always wants us to, regardless of what we have done.
(If you have time read Luke 11:11-13 & 15:11-32 and consider what sort of Father God we have).
Post Service Coffee Zoom on Sundays
On Sunday 31st our post service coffee will not just be a chat but the opportunity to ask questions about the Mental Health Awareness series of sermons on Lamentations 3 so far. This is an opportunity to understand further and discuss together.
It won't be a clinic to share our own difficulties, but there is a place for that, and we want to support and help one another all we can. So if you're struggling at the moment, please don't struggle alone. Get in touch with one of the staff or a trusted friend, or ask us for advice on who might be a good counsellor. It's one thing having a series on Mental Health Awareness, but we need to be able to help one another with this as well. And sometimes that means being able to ask for help too.
The series on Lamentations 3 goes on until February 14th, and you can catch up with the previous weeks on our YouTube channel.
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We are unable to meet for our Sunday Services at present but we will be reopening from Sunday 7th March with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. The 10am & 6.30am services are still being livestreamed on YouTube this Sunday 28th February which can be accessed direct or via MyChurchSuite.