I hope you are enjoying the sunshine. Our family have been making the most of it with a few extra trips to the park and we even have had the BBQ out already this week. There is something about the sunshine that changes us. We all seem to be a little bit happier, a little bit more relaxed and maybe even a little bit more hopeful.
It’s not only the sun that brings about change. On Sunday we reflected on the change of the disciples as they encountered the resurrected Jesus and the idea that the same happens for us as we encounter him too. The famous hymn writer, John Newton, sings “I once was lost but now am found” reflecting on the changes in his own life after having encountered Jesus. That line comes from the hymn “Amazing Grace” which is one of the most popular hymns ever written. I think the hymn is so popular because many of us can relate to that idea of once I was… but now I’m… For us it might not be lost and found but there might be another contrast that resonates with our experiences of encountering Jesus. In my life that change was once I was in the pit of despair but now I am filled with hope. Whatever that change may be for you, it is worth celebrating. The good news is that as we continue to encounter Jesus, we continue to be changed more and more into His likeness. And as we are changed by Jesus we impact the world around us and also open up spaces for others to encounter and be changed by Him. It’s a chain reaction that has the power to to bring life and hope to the whole world. The best news is that this all comes through the amazing grace of God. We don’t deserve it and don’t need to do anything to earn it.
So as we enjoy celebrate the sun, let’s also celebrate the Risen Son of God and the difference he has made and continues to make. And let’s also extend that grace to others around us who maybe haven’t encountered Jesus yet remembering that we too have a “once I was..” story and praying and making spaces for them to be able to say “but now I’m..”
Have a fantastic rest of the week and please do come along on Sunday morning to say welcome Coryn who is on placement with us for the next 3 weeks from Westcott House.