Sunday, 23 March 2014
The Joy Challenge: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2014
A double dose of JOY today, a) because I clean forgot yesterday and b) because today was a day of baptism and that is worthy of a double joy portion. This evening we watched one of our young people get dunked in Ely swimming pool and I was reminded that 11 and a half years ago that was me. 10th November 2002. The beautiful card that Lou Hern made me still rests above my mirror and reminds me that day by day we must press on to acknowledge him. Proverbs 3:5-6 - in all our ways we seek and submit. Such seeking and submitting is the journey of which baptism is but the beginning. More eloquently put by the marvellous Dorothy Day, "To work to increase our love for God and for our fellow man...this is a lifetime job. We are never going to be finished." For that transitional moment of moving from dark to light, death to life is but the first of many myriad moments of moving towards him: day by day, inch by inch, we move closer to becoming like Jesus. He is making perfect forever those who have been made perfect. Hebrews 10:14. We are and we are not yet. And yet in all our notyetness we are still moving - albeit sometimes taking the long way round - towards Him.