See the Potter
Church News | Monday, 6 March 2017 |
At the Sunday Service this week we were reminded by Revd Anne, how when trouble looms, we tend to blame each other, rather like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when for the first time they disobeyed God and ate of the forbidden fruit. Adam of course blamed Eve, and she blamed the snake and none was prepared to shoulder the blame for introducing sin into the innocent world. Sin was born into the world because it was very difficult to resist temptation, and we are all guilty of that. It is so easy to give into doing something we don’t really want to do, be it something simple like eating chocolate or drinking alcohol, so what’s wrong with that? You might ask… But what of the less innocent things like drugs, violence and murder?
Revd Anne, said that during Lent, and the time of reflection we might remember that God sent his only son Jesus Christ to take the burden of sin away from us by dying on the tree. Just after Jesus was baptised by John, he spent 40 days in the desert resisting the temptation to give in to sin by disobeying God, Jesus knew what he had to do and it would have been so simple, like eating a chocolate bar, to give in, but he took the most difficult route and stayed strong for us…
Revd Julie, in her Evening Prayer address spoke of the story from Jeremiah 18: regarding the Potter and the Clay, in which God spoke saying ‘5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!’ Revd Julie went on to say that God is the Potter and if we turn the wrong way God can re-mold us, like the potter, back into the way, shape and form he wants us to be. We can ask God to mold us back into shape so that we can bring light to the world and hope for others.
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