Prayer and message 12 September 2021
Lord, we thank you for your eternal word that can never be destroyed. Help us to dwell in it, reflect on it and be strengthened by it, as we strive to follow you. AMEN
Twenty years……since that day of which so many said that the world changed forever. Twenty years since we saw those planes and the devastation that ensued. Twenty years since the ‘war on terror’ began.
What has changed? The latest pictures from Afghanistan highlight for us that there has seemingly been no change for the better. So, as Christians, what should be our attitude to all this violence?
Our bible readings highlight for us the way that God calls us to follow, which is so often very different from the ways we instinctively act. God does not promise us that taking up our crosses will be easy, however, and it entails a whole new response from us.
In the wreckage of the World Trade Centre was found the remains of a bible. It was fused on to a heart-shaped piece of steel, and the only text that could be read was Matthew 5:38-39, where Jesus talks about responding to evil. He rejects ‘an eye for an eye’ and teaches that if anyone hits us on our right cheek, we should offer the left.
God’s word survived through the destruction of the buildings as it survives the chaos of the world; it is as relevant today as it always has been and always will be.
Where will the world be in 2041? Where will we be? Blessings Fiona