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The Vicar Writes - April 2017
Living with Doubt..
..is uncomfortable isn’t it, because we would far rather live with certainties. But life’s not like that – not now or 2,000 years ago. And one man who had every reason to doubt was Thomas – absent when Jesus first appeared to his disciples and therefore sceptical when they claimed that Jesus had risen from the dead. And yet as Francis Bacon (1561-1626) the famous Elizabethan philosopher and statesman once said “ if man will begin with certainties he will end in doubt, but if he will be content to begin with doubt he shall end in certainties.”
So what transformed ‘Doubting Thomas’ into a fearless disciple of Christ – from someone who could say “unless I see the nails holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes and place my hand where the spear went into his side, I will not believe” – into someone who could exclaim “My Lord and my God !” (John 20)? The answer is – the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is this which distinguishes Christianity from being a merely another religion or simply a moral code or system of ethical behaviour; into a faith in a person who through the presence of God the Holy Spirit is alive in Christians today. Because 30 years before the dreadful events of Easter a baby was born who would be called ‘Emmanuel’ which means ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1). And the resurrection of Jesus is proof for Christians that this is true and therefore death, for those who die with a faith in Christ, has been defeated (1 Corinthians 15).
And that means that although the circumstances of life may often lead us to doubt ourselves, each other or even God, a Christian believes that behind and in control of this incredible universe is the God who has revealed His power and His love in the historical person of Jesus Christ – and because of that is someone on whom we can depend as Thomas himself discovered.
So this Easter whatever your fears or uncertainties, why not bring them to God in Christ? He knows and understands what we are going through (Hebrews 4:14-16) for with “little doubts come little understanding, but with great doubts come great understanding” (Chinese proverb) when we bring our fears and anxieties to Jesus. And in doing that we may find understanding and so be able to say with Thomas “My Lord and my God.”
With best wishes for a very happy and Christ centred Easter,
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What's on Locally
Pop up Coffee Shop
We are open the first Saturday of the month 8.30 – 1.30 ish!
(later if we are busy enough)
• We offer a choice of home made soup with bread
• Sausage & Bacon teacakes from Littlers butchers
• Homemade cakes
• Choice of coffees, tea, herbal tea and hot chocolate & Juice for the children
• Special cakes for children
• Daily papers & magazines
• Children’s table
• Scrabble, dominoes & cards
A warm & friendly welcome is guaranteed
The Pop up Coffee shop is run by volunteers of Mellor
and all proceeds are for the village hall.