Promise - Dwelling Spaces

Friday, 26 February 2016


This time of year, when the sun is shining, the sky is blue, buds are opening and bulbs bursting forth, seems full of promise. I love spotting the signs of life, hints of blossom and flower, sudden flashes of colour, and the slow stretching into warmer days. There is something about the promise of what the future holds that gives us hope even though we don't yet see the reality but see with eyes of faith.

This is the Christian life. Hebrews 11.1 says: 'Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.' At the moment, I see myself and those around me often thinking and behaving far from perfectly, but then I see glimpses of kindness, of unselfish love, of stepping aside to help, of prayer from the heart. We live in a world corrupted by sin, but within it there are glimpses of hope for what a world of love, peace, mercy and joy could look like. This is the future God promises when all things are set in their rightful place, reconciled and participating in divine life. Christians who have caught sight of this promise of and in Jesus, can and should be pointers to this. Signposts along the way of life to the promise of the future. 

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