Comments: GS: Monday morning

Sentamu's address is excellent, I've permalinked it.

It is probably worth reading every day for a week as it covers a lot of ground with very worthy biblical examples and interpretations.

A core message that came through was we need to engage with the world. (Remembering the expression from the US last year: "We are called to be in the world but not of the world").

I also loved the idea that we don't necessarily need to have great faith, but faith in a great God.

After the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, a sermon referred to 1 Corinthians 13:2 "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."

One thing that I have always been grateful is that none of the major events have come at my behest. (Although I confess to praying that God and Gaia veer Katrina slightly when it became clear they had not evacuated New Orleans. Similarly I confess to meekly suggesting that since God and Gaia had parked Wilma over Mexico for three days that it would be really cool if it did go to Florida. I then did pray that the next hurricane season be normal so that they did not break peoples' spirit too much, or they become blase about these acts like they have about horror and thriller movies).

There have been times were there has been an orchestrated dance, but it was Gaia and others (with God's permission) spontaneously offering their own affirmations. Their enthusiasm has been embarassing at times, but it comes from them and not myself. They were gifts of love as well as a warning that God and Gaia need our help.

Kennedy once said to the US citizens, ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country. That could be paraphrased, "ask not what God can do for you, but rather what you can do for God".

God needs patient courageous faithful friends.

I loved the poem Sentamu chose. God needs friends, no matter how cracked or dirty their cup, God has the capacity to fill it with light sufficient for their needs and Gods works. We have a great God.

Posted by Cheryl Clough at Monday, 9 July 2007 at 11:03pm BST
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