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Thought for the day by Catharine Currell (Families Minister
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I wonder how you are getting on with connecting with others using Zoom or Skype. It’s a strange mixture of distance and intimacy, isn’t it? On the one hand we get to see right into each other’s homes, observe the wobbly bookshelves, hastily tidied sofa cushions and pyjama-clad children. On the other hand we don’t know what might be just out of shot or what family dramas may have been unfolding in the moments before the Zoom meeting began. It was lovely at last week’s prayer meeting to have been effectively invited in to the homes of so many members of our church family simultaneously. It put me in mind of John’s description of Jesus as the one who ‘made his dwelling among us.’ Christ, of course, went much further than simply peering into our lives via a screen. He is ‘the Word become flesh’ who not only sees us, but is with us. He came and inhabited our world; living among the wobbly bookshelves and messy lives and family dramas that characterise humanity.
This week as we focus on the events of the first Easter, let’s remember that God had done more that contact us, more than watch us from afar. He has become one of us and demonstrated his glory in the midst of real life by dying on a cross for us.
Because of Christ we are also invited into God’s home – to share in the intimacy of family life with God the Father. What a wonderful hope; what a wonderful future, free of all social distancing, deception or embarrassment. Thanks be to God, who made his dwelling among us.
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