The United Reformed Church Chesham
April/May 2014 Newsletter
“God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone that believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life” John 3:16
There is so much need in our world, that it is not difficult to find subjects for prayer and people and situations where help is urgently required. So often people suffer because of circumstances beyond their control. There are the innocent victims of war or those who find their health failing suddenly.
We will later this year commemorate the anniversary of World War 1. Last week I went to see the recording of the stage production of War Horse at the Elgiva Theatre. Michael Morpurgo wrote the original novel in the first person, with the horse Joey being that person. He wanted to give the picture of war from the viewpoint of the innocent drawn into the battle, in this case the horse. In the stage production the horses do not speak, but the brilliant handspring puppets more than brought the animals to life and showed their feelings. The horrors of war for those innocent yet involved. Today we see the effects of war and violence vividly through media coverage. It must not become so routine and familiar that we accept these situations. Prayer and actions are essential.
Jesus was violently taken to crucifixion on the cross. He suffered. He suffered for us. He was an innocent victim. Jesus has the power to change things – he is God’s son, but people had to see him suffer and die to know fully God’s power. Jesus conquered death and lives for us today. Through him is the power to change things. His actions give hope to those who are struggling and suffering. The Holy Spirit comes to give us the words and guidance we need. The Spirit ‘groans for us’ when words are inadequate. We give thanks for the message of Easter and Jesus alive and walking with us today.
A Happy Easter to you all.With love