I spent a very fun day today exploring London with Albina and Liv. One of the hightlights however was visiting St Margarets Church in the grounds of Westminister Abbey. We were refusing to pay the entrance fees at Westminister Abbey, but wanted to show Albina a traditional English church so popped into St Margaret’s church where we saw lots of plaques on the wall remembering many who had died. One particurlary caught my eye (and would have taken a picture of had I been allowed!). It was a woman who had died and it listed her life and then said she was “attending the joyful day of her resurrection”. What a great way to think of death. Amazing. Waiting for the certain and joyful day when we will be resurrected with our Lord.
Love… February 15, 2011
…is the theme of Queen Maragret CU’s events week which is where I am this week.
I’ve had a real mix of emotions about the week – huge apprehension, unworthiness, not being ready (I really should have listened to the talk I recommended last week again!), but today has been a mix of encouragements. It’s been great to hang out with other staff from UCCF this week and explore Edinburgh in some afternoon free time, but what’s really got me bizzing tonight is seeing the gospel work and that God chooses to use us. I’ve just been to a brilliant meal with a message with a first year student in halls and had the chance to spend two hours hanging out with his housemates chatting about the gospel and it being true for them. They were so open, yet so hopelessly blind. they could see that the human situation was dire (their own words) in relation to God, but couldn’t quite get that Jesus was the amazing answer. They saw that for Jesus to come back would mean their only chance of relationship with God was over but couldn’t see the need to do something tonight. So encouraging and frustrating in equal measure. I’m really praying that God would open their eyes this week to his amazing truth!
What an awesome God of love we have who gives us encouragements when we need them most and chooses to use us in evangelism!
And all of this after an amazing Cath Kidston-esque tea party this afternoon1 (i tried to upload a picture but the borrowed laptop was having none of it!)
Feeling Small February 11, 2011
Picture taken from ASBO Jesus.
What an amazing reminder of how good God is and how vast his creation is! And yet he knows me and has known me since the beginning.
The Bible February 10, 2011
Recently I’ve found it really hard to want to get out of bed in the morning to want to read the Bible. My bible that’s in my own language, that is the Word of God, that I can have a choice of translations if I wish, that’s freely avaliable. And still it’s hard. This video has been on lots of my friends facebook walls over the last couple of days – what a challenge to see the faith of these people when they had had so little of the Bible. Can you imagine only knowing small amounts of the bible and then being given an entire New Testament. The hunger they have to read it is something that is so often lacking in me and others. The way in which these people eagerly wanted to read the new testament is similar to the eagerness I had in reading the final Harry Potter book. What a challenge to make the most of what God has chosen to give me – His complete word in my language.
Why it’s ok to stay in bed in mission week February 9, 2011
We listened to this talk at Bedford CU’s meeting last night and I loved it. The title made me a little be sceptical . . . I mean it would be gutting if the whole CU stayed in bed for mission week. But after listening to it – if the reasons my CU’s stay in bed are the biblical ones that John lays out then that’s fine!
It was really good to be reminded that we don’t do mission to make a name for ourselves, to impress other people or to impress God. We do mission because God chooses to share His glory with us. What a privelege, and a timely reminder that in mission weeks I’m not trying to prove my worth or how good I am to anyone – especially not God as He has done everything for me.
Even if you’re not involved in student CU missions, it’s well worth a listen because in terms of evangelism it’s something that we all need reminding of!
So, the blogging every day for a month thing is over (well it was officailly over couple of days ago and realistically over a couple of days before that!). It’s been fun. I’m glad to be back in the blogosphere and I think I’ll stay!
So thanks Ellie and Cat for the encouragement and to the rest of you that read this (and have contributed to the 703 hits in January! Amazing!)