Wednesday 16 March
God calls us into ourselves.
Or as Tim Hansel puts it in our Lent book, Holy Sweat, “We are called to become the very best version of ourselves we can possibly be.”
The Christian life is not simply one of smiling politely, behaving in a seemly fashion and being reverent, especially in church. No, the Christian life is becoming.
This is a process where God transforms us and we are active participants in this. We become who God calls us to be. And then, as Tim puts it, “we are called to give it all away to a world that is desperately hurting. We are called to share our lives with others.”
Monday 22nd December 2014
It was mucky. 2000 years ago, in the stable. The smell would have greeted your nostrils and stayed there, and you would need to be careful where you trod. In this century we like to sanitise everything. We tend to believe that things are good when they are clean and bad when they are dirty. And yet that is where God decided he would be born as the baby Jesus, thatis how God became human – in the muck. And that is how God comes to us. In our difficulties, in the complexities of our lives, in our daily chores, in the things that go wrong and the things that we deeply regret, there is God. It is not that we need to clean up our act to find God, to go to church, but that God is already with us however good, bad or indifferent things are. God does not wave a magic wand to clean everything up, but transforms us in the middle of our human mess and tangles.
Rev’d Simon Crook, Assistant Curate, Huddersfield Parish Church