Month: August 2018

… and consider the long suffering of our Lord

“Do not weep. Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has prevailed

Reading through the Gospels, I am always impressed by the dignity and strength of the Lord Jesus in the many situations He found himself in. Jesus did not go out of His way to find trouble. Trouble found Him! On one occasion the people of His home town of Nazareth were ready to throw Him over a cliff! (Luke 4:29) other times, other places, some were ready to stone Him. He never backed down, somehow our Lord walked away – He didn’t run, He walked away until that night in Gethsemane’s Garden when He gave Himself up into the hands of His enemies. The Lamb of God gave Himself up as a ransom for many.

In Peter’s second letter, we are urged to keep faith with our Lord, not to be afraid, not to turn away from following Jesus, and keeping the commandments of God, to be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

“And consider that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation” (2 Peter 3:15)

In myself I am far from patient. I don’t find it easy ‘not to be angry‘ with some of the things which happen in the world. Stories of cruelty and abuse make me so angry, but then I remind myself that my Lord Himself said “Woe to those by whom offences come,” Remember, “it would better for him if a millstone were hung about his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that He should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17. 2). So often I am offended, cruelty, abuse of any kind, the betrayal of trust, foul language. Don’t those things just make us want to shout out!

And into just such a world as this the Lion of Judah, the Root of David came … He to who all judgement is given (shouldn’t we just quake in our boots, a little at that?) He lived amongst us, quiet, gentle as a lamb, wise as the serpents He trod underfoot every day, harmless as a dove.

I love this photo of a Magnificent Lion quietly taking his ease, look at what his naughty daughter, baby lioness is up to! Now who would dare to chew a lion’s tail? The Lion of Judah is symbolic of the mighty strength of God, I marvel just marvel at His patience, His long-suffering…. but know one day the books will be opened.

Revelation 5. Verses 2, 4,-6, 9 (NKJV)

“And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne, a scroll written inside and on the back sealed with seven seals.

I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

But one if the elders said to me, “Do not weep, “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

And. I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four Living creatures, and in the midst of the elders stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

And they sang a new sing, saying:

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals;

For you were slain, and have redeemed us to God be Your Blood”


Summer’s End

We are coming to the end of a hot, dry summer, the soft, gentle rainfall of the last few weeks was welcome. Grass, dried as yellow straw, now starts to revive, but already the churchyard trees have shed many leaves and the thoughts of many friends will be on taking up where they left off, as holidays and seasonal breaks end.

The Hydrangea in the front garden is now fading, its blooms dusty.

Everything, loses its beauty in time. But also in time fresh new, wonderful things appear to take their place. In just a little time the gardeners will be hiding new bulbs and seeds for Spring, as treasures in the earth to be rediscovered after snow and frost. But first Autumn.

St Giles of Provence, the Saint for whom Rowley’s Parish Church was named is remembered on the 1st September. In his story Giles had a friendship with one special hind whom he loved and protected to his own hurt, the ending of his story tells us that the Lord is able to heal our hurts and use them for good.

1st September to 4th October is Creation-tide, St Francis of Assisi being remembered on the 4th October. Creation-tide and St Francis who delighted in creation and Lady Poverty bring to mind the responsibility mankind has towards all living things, the earth, the seas, all created things.

From both St Giles and St Francis we can learn the lessons of love, of kindness and generosity, but they themselves learned them from our Heavenly Teacher.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God.” (Luke 12. 6)

Yes, I know the Lord Jesus uses this to show how precious His children are to our Heavenly Father, but what earthly Father does not show his love and delight when little hands take their breakfast crumbs to feed the birds, or save a little of lunch to give them.

Marian and Brian keep a large storage box on the lady chapel steps so that we can put in our gifts to Loaves n’ fishes Food Bank – some can put in more than others; that does not matter – like the widows mite, and the cup of cold water given to one of Jesus’ disciples (Matthew 10:42).. a tin of baked beans, a block of chocolate are noticed in Heaven when they come with love from a poorer person just and count like a whole shopping bag full from a richer one, and all have a reward, no act of kindness and love goes unnoticed.

May your last days of Summer and Creation-tide be blessed as God reveals to your heart the treasures and riches of His Father’s heart. Delight in everything His hand has made and given.

For He satisfies the longing soul, (psalm 107.9) NKJ )