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Holding it Together

Stephen Cottrell points us to a further scripture:

God’s Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together. (Colossians 1:17)

Whatever happens, there is always someone who has to hold things together, someone who sees the whole picture.  Others may do plenty to help, but it needs that one person encircling it all.  Here that is quite clearly shown to be Jesus.

However much I think I’m doing in my life, however much I think I am doing in the world, I play just a part – God is the one holding it all together.

Cottrell reminds us that,

The Christian faith is a promise of restoration: a time when all the scattered fragments of our lives are gathered into a place of safety and refuge (p82)

He also goes on to point out that this is also a present reality.  God in Jesus cares for us and protects us, watches out for us and longs to gather us, as the hen gathers her chicks.

Am I going to let God wrap his arms around me, hold me safely and allow him to hold everything together?

These thoughts are reflecting on Stanley Spencer’s painting The Hen (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