I paid my annual pilgrimage to Kerr Drive & Symington Parish graveyard to wonder at the dazzling beauty of the Cherry blossom. Surrounded by pink packed clouds cascading from branches I recorded some 60 second sermons. Gifted with the ‘gab’, I’m used to spouting sermons 20 – 25 min’s long, it’s a tall task to produce vlogs (video blogs) 50 – 60 seconds long but I love a challenge. I’m told this may get the attention of younger ears, we’ll see.
So, out on my road-bike rides I stop to shoot some of these sage soundbites. Standing in the middle of Kerr Drive taking (what must look like) extended selfies drew some attention. Trying to explain, I suspect some wonder ‘who is this pretentious poser-plonker peddling faith, what message is this MAMIL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra) trying to communicate? It’s the risk I run in trying to reach a younger generation that my pride & personality obscures the One I’m trying to point people too – Jesus Christ. As McLuhan said, ‘Easily the media becomes the message’.
Standing on Seamill’s sandy beach I looked out to where Arran’s mountain range usually peaks praise and knew the grey harr hiding Arran’s beauty would soon be cleared by sunshine to reveal its grandeur. I’m comforted by how God’s unconditional forgiving Love can cut through my pretentions & pride to reveal how much God loves each one of us; that it’s sinners like me & you he has come to serve, save & change for the better.
“And it all came to pass.” All times are passing, seasons, sunrises, sunsets, lockdowns, Coronavirus updates, football seasons, fogs, fears, tears, sorrows, laughter, joys, looks, viruses, sickness, dying, life, death, it all comes to pass. But God’s Love is Forever!
Psalm 103:7-18 / MSG
“God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out, keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long; like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always, eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.”
While life is precarious and passing faith & hope in God assure us of a Love that will see us through the darkest hour. Traversing life’s high wire moments, God’s Love in Christ assures us of a safety net to catch and, when our time comes, to carry us into a world where ‘time is no more’, where ‘solid joys & lasting treasure’ belong to God’s Children, where 60 seconds are like 60 millennia. Now that might better suit my long-winded preaching! Or will ‘sermons be no more’ too?