Jesus calls us little children. A little child knows its parent and understands that despite all, it is loved and, whatever happens, it is forgiven. It will need to grow up to learn otherwise.
In the grown-up world all is control and tradition. But actually, God is in control of his church, forming it through the Holy Spirit; through Love. Through Jesus we learn we are forgiven and through the cross we learn the depth of his forgiveness. We must become like little children.
Life will bubble up and God is exalted beyond our regulation. The new heaven and the new earth is today!
Oh, for the day when things change because of a voice and a trance! Is this a scary and repugnant idea? Not if it calls us back to the path that leads to life; it is the Spirit that baptises, and we are known by our love!
It is God who prepares the bride and it is God who wipes away the tear. “…To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.”
Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”
Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, …God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?”
When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”
Praise the LORD! …
Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and women alike, old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven…
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” …To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
… Little children…. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
We meet at the chapel on a Wednesday evening at 8pm until 8-40pm for a period of prayer including 20 minutes silent prayer during school term time