July & August 11

posted 5 Jul 2011, 10:04 by Richard Jones   [ updated 5 Jul 2011, 10:13 ]
The Vicar writes . . .

Do you care about drains?    I was reading a book called The 77 Habits of highly ineffective Christians by Chris Fabry. It is a humorous book. But at the same time it tells us some very serious and fundamental truths about both Christianity and, more particularly, ourselves.
    As I thought about what Fabry was saying, I was reminded of a pithy quotation from Henry Scott Holland (he’s the chap who wrote the poem, ‘Death is nothing at all’).
    Holland, who was particularly interested in the relationship of Christianity with the social problems of his day said, “The more you believe in the Incarnation, the more you care about drains”.
    You see, Holland knew that the Christian life cannot, and should not, be separated off in its own compartment, boxed away from ordinary activities. It can never be just an optional extra that we fit in if we have a space somewhere.
    People sometimes think that divine and earthly things cannot possibly mix. Some say that Christianity is only concerned with saving souls; that social, economic and political life don't appear to have much to do with it. And most of the time the secular worlds of business, industry and leisure seem to be utterly remote from Christianity and 'churchy' activities.
    But God is not thousands of miles away, only paying us a visit on Sundays. He is in his world, in its profoundest depths and minutest details, and in the heart of every pain. God in Jesus has become fully human. So, as well as being wholly other than we are, beyond our human comprehension, God is also here with us in the middle of it all, inviting us to respond and to work with him.
    God calls us to be totally given to him in everything, from the way we spend our money to the way we talk to other people. It doesn't matter whether we’re washing the car, collecting our pension or giving the children their tea - God is still there, and we can still be surrendered to him at those moments.
    But how? Well - the secret lies in prayer, which is possible wherever we are. God doesn't only want the 'holy bits' of our weekly routine. All of life can be sacred if we will only look and, more particularly, listen.
    As the great philosopher Irenaeus said: “The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God”.
    May God’s blessing be with you all