Scotland beating England at cricket! Mr Trump having a chin-wag with Mr Kim! As Mark Twain wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” After trading tit-for-tat twitter taunts for so long, we pray that World Good will arise from this unlikely meeting of humans with diametrically opposed ideologies.

 

We all have personal stories from real life scenarios of our own, which we wouldn’t have believed unless they actually happened. 30 years ago, I accidentally left my hand luggage under a New York subway seat. Reporting it to the police for insurance purposes they told me I could ‘kiss goodbye to it’. I stayed an extra night at my friend Terry’s bedsit. On the phone to Terry’s mum she said, “We’ll pray that you get your bag back, Neil.” I put the phone down and immediately it rang again, instinctively I picked it up. It was the dad of a teenager who found my bag discarded in a park; they looked through my soft case to find the only New York number there and I met them on the Brooklyn Bridge to retrieve my treasure. My camera was gone and some pages of my daily journal torn out, but all else was intact, including £60 cash!

 

As the first followers of Jesus reflected on time spent with him, they were gobsmacked by Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and reappearing to them after death and burial. John writes, “From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us. We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!” 1 John 1:1-4 (MSG)

All too easily our Western outlook can be blinkered by using the logical left hand side of our brain to the exclusion of the more creative right hand side. Left brain is intent on mastery, right brain opens up to wonder and mystery. Left side, left to its own devices, limits possibility, but left coupled with the imaginative right side, open us countless possibilities. “Lord, deliver us from narrow-mindedness; open our heads, hearts and hands to the glorious possibilities of your light and love.”