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Little Old Me

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Psalm 8 (CEV)

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

The Wonderful Name of the Lord

Our Lord and Ruler,
    your name is wonderful
    everywhere on earth!
You let your glory be seen
    in the heavens above.
With praises from children
and from tiny infants,
    you have built a fortress.
It makes your enemies silent,
    and all who turn against you
    are left speechless.

I often think of the heavens
    your hands have made,
    and of the moon and stars
    you put in place.
Then I ask, “Why do you care
    about us humans?
    Why are you concerned
    for us weaklings?”
You made us a little lower
    than you yourself,
    and you have crowned us
    with glory and honor.

You let us rule everything
    your hands have made.
And you put all of it
    under our power—
    the sheep and the cattle,
    and every wild animal,
    the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea,
    and all ocean creatures.

Our Lord and Ruler,
    your name is wonderful
    everywhere on earth!

God has done some awesome things.  He is mighty and majestic.  He has created the entire universe – and yet he knows and cares about little old me.

I don’t know about you, but I find that mind-blowing and humbling – and I can’t help but come in wonder and praise that God should love me amongst all the other things he has to do.  But that is how important I am to him.

He cares about and loves you.  You are important to him.

Doing Nothing

What is Jesus doing?

Stephen Cotrrell asks of this picture (p48).

The answer apparently is nothing.  Well, nothing that we would see as productive. He is simply enjoying the daisies.  Staring at them with care and attention.  We might liken it to watching the grass grow, which is perceived as a boring occupation, but this is in fact full of fascination to Jesus.

There might be those who thought Jesus had so much to get on with, so much work to do, why was he taking time out to look with such care and concentration at the daisies?  Maybe precisely because he had so much to do…

Cottrell reminds (p48) us that “doing nothing” is not wasteful idleness, but contemplation.  Focussing entirely on creation – and delighting in it.

Resting in the presence of that which God has created is itself an act of adoration and praise (p49)

Yet so often we feel guilty if we stop and enjoy, if we rest in the wonder of the world God made.  Perhaps we should pay more attention to when Jesus stopped.  He regularly took time out.  His time of preparation was of apparently doing nothing, but in the doing nothing to prepare for what he knew he had to do.

Perhaps lent is a time to practice doing nothing.  To put aside busyness and ponder.  To literally take time to smell the roses.  To slow down and appreciate all that God has made and give to us to enjoy.  To focus on the moment, rather than rushing off to the next thing.  For in that moment, we may meet God in a new way.

Take time to do nothing other than enjoy what is around.  To delight in God’s creation.

These thoughts are reflecting on Spencer’s painting Consider the Lilies (seen here).

This year for Lent, I am reading Christ in the Wilderness by Bishop Stephen Cottrell, published by SPCK, reflecting on Stanley Spencer’s paintings of that title.

I’m not necessarily going to blog every day on it, just when something leaps out at me – and they will be thoughts rather than full blog posts

Right at the Beginning

In the beginning

In the beginning God

In the beginning God created

 

Right at the beginning, God could have done anything he wanted.  Sat there.  Just being.  The world, well there wasn’t a world, but life, the universe, everything was his to do as he wanted.  And God chose to create.  To make the world and us.  He made it not as we know it now, but in its perfect state.  A pure place,a place of delight, of peace and of love.  Life came to be.

Whatever we think of the creation accounts of Genesis, be they fact or poetry, we cannot get away from the understanding that God actively chose for the world to be, and was delighted by how it turned out.

How does that make us feel?

Special?  We are no accident or freak of nature.

Ashamed?  At how we have treated the world and made it far from perfect.

Inspired?  To seek to do what we can to create harmony and love where we are.

At the start of a new year we are bombarded by images and soundbites of new beginnings. May we be inspired by the God of new beginnings to live in love, peace and hope; to live in the pleasure God took; and to live with care.

Thank you Lord,

for making the world,

for loving crafting the wonders,

for allowing us to share.

As we begin another new year,

may we be inspired by your care in creation,

and live in appreciation of it.