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Isn't it hot?

I hope you're managing to keep cool and well in this weather.  I'm finishing my time in Gloucester today - the temperature in our classrooms has been getting unbearable, and I know that it's even hotter in London!

This Sunday morning Margaret will be leading, and looking at the parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21:28-32.  It's quite a short story - why not have a look at it to see what Jesus was saying then about the Kingdom of God, and what the Holy Spirit might be saying now?  At The Calabash at 10.30 as usual!

Please keep praying!  We're still waiting to hear from the Landlord about a new lease for the Point after our present lease runs out at the end of August.  I've been in touch with the agent a few times but he has not heard from the Landlord.  Please pray for this frustrating situation - for the agent as he tries to move the situation along, for us (especially the Trustees) to have wisdom in deciding how best to proceed, and for CCC to be able to keep demonstrating the Kingdom of God where God has put us, both individually and as a group.

Lewisham Sunrise

The Kingdom of God...

...is like the sun which shines its light and heat to bring life and energy to the whole world.  By the light of the sun we see what is around us, by the energy it provides creation is fed, and by its warmth we live.

That's my quick attempt at writing a parable, reflecting on the weather this week.  Perhaps you think there are some aspects of the sun which do not represent the Kingdom (the sun rises and sets each day) or perhaps seem a bit negative (it can get a bit too hot)!

But when Jesus told parables I don't think he meant that every aspect of the metaphor he used could be mapped onto the Kingdom - he was pointing to maybe just one or two aspects that were useful for his hearers.  That's what I've tried to do above - I'm sure you can do better and I look forward to seeing what you come up with

In the meantime, this reminds me that CS Lewis also used the idea of the sun to talk about his faith getting into every area of his life - “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.”  Is this true for you?

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