Monday, December 16, 2013

Home for Christmas? 16

Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven

2 Corinthians 5. 17-19

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself.

There are times when we all know that we need healing and that our world needs healing. There are times when we are painfully aware of how far we feel from being the kind of people we would like to be, how far from home we are. The promise of the Bible is that God can make of us a new creation, making us whole in ourselves and reconciling us to one another. Indeed this is a mark of the way his kingdom is - a place where people can start afresh and be remade.

  • What do you think needs to be made new in your life?
  • Are there people you need to be reconciled with?
This video of R.E.M's song is a reminder of the sense of alienation many people feel sometimes, and some feel often. The truth is that, though we can feel as if we are the only one feeling like this, actually "everybody hurts". When we can accept that we are halfway to making a community where those hurts can be acknowledge and perhaps healed.
If the video below won't play in the blog, try accessing it here on YouTube

"Everybody Hurts"
When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you're sure you've had enough
Of this life, well hang on

Don't let yourself go
'Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it's time to sing along
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
If you think you've had too much
Of this life, well hang on

Everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don't throw in your hand, oh no

Don't throw in your hand
If you feel like you're alone
No, no, no, you are not alone

If you're on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you've had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody cries
Everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes

So hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts

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