Thought for the week
I have recently been re-reading a book I’ve read three or four times. It’s a true story and well worth the read, called The Shack by William P Young.
It’s a book that every time you read it you get something different out of it, as it describes the perfect relationship that exists between God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and their relationship with us. This time a paragraph close to the end has stayed with me and I would like to share it with you.
“Sarayu [the Holy Spirit] interrupts Mack and says: ‘If anything matters then everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, my purposes are accomplished and nothing will ever be the same again.’”
As I read these words it reminds me of how important each and every person is to God, not just who we are but what we do and how we do it. God loves us in a unique and special way, like no-one on this earth can – unconditionally.
In my day-to-day life I come upon so many people who need to be reminded of this. When was the last time we told someone we love them? When have we said sorry, and really meant it? When was the last time we forgave someone and moved on, forgetting the heavy weight of a grudge?
Our world and each of us in it can be different, starting today. Remember God loves us so much that he sent his only Son, so that we can be forgiven; God took the initiative because he knows us well. God forgives us, at a cost, so we too need to forgive others as well.
We need to start making this world a better place to live in, today, and each of us can make a difference every time we forgive, every time we reach out, show kindness, every time we give and receive love.
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain, we can change the universe, the world, each other, through love, and nothing will ever be the same again. Rev Sandra Boyd, King’s Park Parish Church