From the Manse May 2018

John 3:16 -- We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us - and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

Finally, being able to get into the garden, it is such a joy to see the bare branches tipped with green - the promise of life having survived a long, cold and wet winter. Of course, the dandelions are as fresh and prolific as ever.

As we continue towards Pentecost and reflect further on Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, how are we following in those challenging footsteps?

We may be tempted to rest with a sigh of relief that ‘Spring is here' and everything will be all right. Instead, the invitation of the cross is to hold on regardless of the appearances of our daily lives and look for the good being worked among us and in us.

Just like the weeds in the garden getting the first hold, it is often easier to see the wrong in others and to judge ourselves. The power of the cross is freedom to love and be loved, even when people seem truly undeserving, or even stealing our time, our joy.

Jesus showed us that everyone is important to the kingdom: everyone not only deserves to be loved but is loved by God. And that God is at work in those secret places, if we let him, if we accept His gift of life laid down.

As we struggle with loving ourselves and others, of our being willing to lay things down, may we be blessed with the fruits of new journeys, not least the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost!

Alleluia, Christ is risen indeed!

Rev Suva