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Musings from a Mordecai

Musings from a Mordecai (26)

Ordering things online – what a wonderful development! Certainly I’d be lost without it at the moment. To choose the things I want, and then have someone deliver them to my door is a great help. Indeed, I have friends who say they never want to go to the supermarket again, as they don’t want to go back to pushing their ways through crowds, and being hit by trollies. While I can see their point, I wouldn’t go that far myself. There are advantages to picking things out personally, especially if your first choice isn’t there. And I’m very wary about buying clothes without having actually seen them. Once I was after a light jacket with lots of pockets, for keys, phone, wallet and so forth. I thought I’d found just the thing – when it arrived it turned out to have fake pockets, simply sewn to the outside to “look good”. That had to be sent back! 

There are lots of areas of life where we have to strike a balance between doing everything ourselves, and trusting others to do things for us. John Donne, that famous Anglican priest and poet, observed that, “No man is an island,” and that was back in 1624. Being dependent on others is not a new thing, although we may be particularly aware of it at the moment. Yet, although we begin our lives as completely helpless, relying on others to make every decision for us, we quickly develop the ability to choose for ourselves. More than that, we rejoice in that ability. No two of us likes exactly the same foods, or works in precisely the same manner, and we object if our choices are limited. Sometimes these limits are imposed for our own good – I can remember when wearing seatbelts in cars was made compulsory, and how much some people reacted against that. Now the safety benefits are obvious, and few of us give seatbelts a second thought. 

Deciding to believe in the Christian message is sometimes called, “a leap of faith”. As images go, it’s not a bad one. It seems very sensible to me, crucial even, that we use the minds God has given us to weigh things up, and to test the claims that the Bible, and religious leaders, make. However, if we are talking about the infinite God our finite minds will only take us so far. In this life, it seems to me, we will always have some questions; we will never have a neat answer to everything that life throws at us. At some point we have to say to God, “The evidence, and my reason have brought me so far. I may not be completely sure but I am going to trust you anyway”. 

At the end of John’s Gospel we hear of Jesus appearing to his disciples after his death. They are overjoyed, but one was missing – Thomas – and he refuses to believe their story. A week later Jesus returns, and Thomas is there. Now he is convinced, and greets Jesus with the words, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus replies: “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” (John 20. 28, 29) 

That is the challenge for all of us – we have not seen, we do not know as much as we would like, and yet we are asked to believe. Sometimes that challenge is very great, but the rewards are greater still. 

This is going to be my last Musing for a little while. 26 articles cover half a year (in fact the first was written on March 30th) and my creative thoughts are running a little dry. So I’m giving myself a bit of a break, but hope to be back on your screens soon. God bless you all, Huw

 

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