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Even when Jesus came to earth He considered he was entering a dark world:

Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness

Jesus gave up all for us when he came to earth. Aren’t we always saying that people can never know how it feels to be in a particular situation, unless you’ve been there yourself…and that is exactly why Jesus came to earth to become one of us.

Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

Don’t let Jesus’ sacrifice be for nothing, bow down before Him today.

I often find it strange, but reassuring, when, just when I need it, a particular song pops onto the radio, or is randomly chosen by my iPod. So this week the song that kept ‘appearing’ was a song performed by Kari Jobe called I Am Not Alone.

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that…

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

That moment when you wake up, jump out of bed and quickly get ready for work because you’ve slept in…but then realise it’s actually Saturday, so you don’t need to go to work!

Yes, I’ve done that a few times. Sometimes I realised it was the weekend before I actually got out of bed. Other times I’ve got as far as starting to get dressed before I’ve realised what day it is.

How about you, how far did you get? I hope you didn’t actually get as far as leaving the house before you realised what day it was.

Regardless of how far you got getting ready for work on the wrong day, I bet you felt like a fool when you realised you’d got the day wrong!

When you see a closed bag or a suitcase, is it possible to tell what’s inside it, without actually looking inside?

Just as you can’t possibly tell for certain what’s inside a closed bag or suitcase just by looking at it from the outside, neither can we realistically expect to know exactly what someone has experienced in their life, or going through at the moment.

There is a story behind every person, a reason why they are the way they are. Don’t be quick to judge. Be kind and assume the best. ~ Nicky Gumbel

So be kind, and always ‘see’ the best in everyone, because you don’t know what they are going through.

I came across the following on Twitter a few days ago, and it struck me how apt it was, give recent events. We’ve seen the emergency services work continuously in horrendous circumstances, for hours and days. We’ve seen communities working together despite their differences, and despite the difficult circumstances they themselves may be facing.

Strong people do what’s right and show up to help others. They may be tired and going through a tough time, but they find a way to be there.

When it comes down to it, I believe that in the worst of circumstances that is when the best of us will show itself. What would you do if you found yourself in the midst of some kind of disaster, such as those that have happened in the UK in the last few weeks?

Outcomes are described as:

  • the way a thing turns out;
  • a consequence.

Whatever we are facing, we can rest in the assurance that the outcome does not depend upon our strength, but on God’s. ~ @RichStearns

As the above quotes says, we can change the outcome or consequences of all we do, by letting God be at the centre of all be do. Give God your all, and He will give you strength.

Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace 

That moment when you pull your front door shut as you leave your house, and just as the lock clicks shut, you realise that your house keys are still lying on the dining room table!

 

 

What do you do?

I guess the first thing you do it kick yourself for being daft enough to forget to pick up your keys!

Next you’ll be wondering whether it matters that you’ve locked your keys in the house:

  • If your partner/husband/wife will be home before you, does it actually matter that you are now locked out the house and your keys are on the table inside?
  • If you expect to be home before your partner/husband/wife – what do you do? Have you a neighbour or friend who has a spare set of keys for your house?
  • If you live on your own, do you have a neighbour or friend who has a spare set of keys for your house? If not, do you have a number for a locksmith, or know where you can find one?

Accidentally locking your house keys in the house, is annoying and may cause you to change your plans, but it is something you can hopefully resolve reasonably easily. So if you are unfortunate enough to lock yourself out your house, try not to panic, it can be fixed!

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Do you want to live in a world where:

  • We shut ourselves away from friends and neighbours because we too frightened to go outside;
  • We would rather cross the road and ignore someone in need, rather than reach out and them because we don’t want to get involved;
  • Men kill other men simply because of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • God has been forgotten, and only the minority still believe in Him.

Or do you want to live in a world where:

  • Where everyone automatically reaches out to help others in need, without a second thought for themselves;
  • Everyone lives in peace, tolerant of other’s beliefs – where we all get on with one another, regardless of the colour of their skin, their nationality or their religion;
  • We feel safe to be out of our homes, on our own, no matter the time of day or night;
  • War and conflict are words from a past life, and are no longer needed in the world we now live in;
  • Everyone believes in God’s existence and there is hope for the future of this world.

I’m sure the second scenario is much more appealing to us all than the first one, but what can we do to make the second scenario become reality?

In 1 Chronicles 1:18 we read

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

So it’s up to us folks, we need to proclaim His name so that we tell everyone we meet how great God is; how much He loves and cares for each of us; how we can always rely on God to be with us, even through very tough times.

I’ve never been a big Michael Jackson fan, but I’ve found the words of one of his song, going through my head quite a lot in the last few weeks:

There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow

There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me

If you want to know why
There’s love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares of joyful giving
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread
We stop existing and start living

The it feels that always
Love’s enough for us growing
So make a better world
Make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me

And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be god’s glow

We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel you are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we cry happy tears
See the nations turn their swords into plowshares

We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space
To make a better place

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me

There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me

 

Lord will You heal our land?
That every eye will see
That every heart will know
The One who took our sin
The One who died and rose

In a world that seems to have forgotten God, we must seek healing for the world from God. To do this, God needs our help. He needs us to spread His message of love and forgiveness to those in our communities, so that ultimately good can overcome evil.