Thought for the Month.
<<Tidings, February 2019>>
February is the month when love is in the air. The birds are finding mates, the shops are full of Valentine’s cards and it’s a popular month for booking weddings. The weather may tell us we’re still in chilly winter, but we’re surrounded by the warm evidence of love.
So how important is all this emphasis on love? Is it an advertising gimmick to get us to spend more money, or does it highlight something important?
My birthday’s in January, so I’ve just had the happiness of receiving cards or messages from friends and family. They tell me that I have people who love me. Someone I know has recently acquired a dog, who over the years will offer his owner the loyalty we associate with doggy love. A mother in Norwich paused in the rush of shopping to comfort her child who had fallen over, allowing the child to feel the warmth of her love.
These are small examples, but they suggest that we all thrive on love. In church we have come to the end of the season when we celebrate Jesus as the baby born in a stable. We’re looking ahead to his ministry of healing, caring and justice, and eventually to his death and resurrection at Easter.
Jesus didn’t say “All you need is love,” but he did demonstrate that God’s love is the greatest, strongest bond of love known to humankind. He said that this love is available to anyone who asks for it. Talk to me (or any of our ministry team) if you’d like to know more about how we can experience the greatest love in the universe.
John 3. 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son….”
Rural Dean (Loddon)