basic and simple and filled with love

Good morning!

Yesterday I felt a cold coming on. My body ached and I seemed to be dragging my feet a bit. In the midst of that all I could think of was homemade chicken soup! In our family homemade chicken soup has been comfort food and medicine for an ailing body. My daughter, Terri, says that it healings everything. The soup is very basic and simple. Now we all know that chicken soup does not hold any magical healing properties. So what is it that makes a difference? I think that it is because it is basic and simple and filled with love!

Then I began to think about Jesus and what he did when he walked among us. Some think that what he did was complicated and grand but if we look carefully I would suggest that what he did was basic and simple and filled with love.

• He took the time to talk and listen to everyone who crossed his path – the woman at the well; Nicodemus; the religious leaders; Mary and Martha – and in doing so he communicated love, care and acceptance.

• He physically touched people – the leper; the man born blind; Peter’s mother-in-law; the woman with the haemorrhage – and in doing so communicated compassion and brought healing and hope.

• He sat at table and shared the bread of life – Zaccheaus; the disciples; Mary, Martha and Lazarus; Levi the tax collector; the Pharisees; not to mention the 5000 on the mountain side – and in doing so he communicated a sense of family and inclusion and broke down barriers.

It’s not grand gestures or complicated things that make a difference. Taking the time to sit and listen and simply live a ministry of presence; offering a hug or a shoulder to cry on; smiling at a stranger; or sharing in a pot of chicken soup – these are the things that matter and can turn darkness into light, sorrow into joy, and exclusion into inclusion.

So today, take a moment to listen, touch and sit at table with another – the simple and basic things of life – and in doing so change the world.

Blessings
Valerie

Reminders of the Week!

This Sunday – Joyful Noise Choir is reminded to gather around the piano at 10am

A service of celebration and thanksgiving for Edda Ferguson will take place on Saturday at 2pm in the church. If you are able to lend your voice to the choir please come to the church at 1pm. We will be singing : A Song For The Mira.

Xtravaganza!!! Tickets on sale now. $10. Two shows to choose from April 2 at 3pm or April 10 at 3pm. Tickets available from the office or from Kaleigh. Seats are limited so get your ticket now!!!!

“Beyond the Darkness” a Good Friday Cantata. March 25 at 11am. Mark your calendars and tell your friends and strangers!!!

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