18th May 2021

Tuppence a bag 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:1-3 (ESV)

In the 1964 musical Mary Poppins is a song called ‘Feed the Birds’ sung by Julie Andrews. In this simple plaintive song she is encouraging us to pay attention to the birds. During this time of isolation, I enjoy a daily stroll in the woods with my dog. Thanks to the diligent efforts of volunteers there are bird feeders installed on the trees. This particular day was sunny, and the woods were deserted of people. I sat on a bench and allowed a score of tiny birds at the feeder to entertain me. I noticed they did not squabble over whose turn it was to feed, nor did they take more than they needed. I don’t need to point out the lessons they teach us – we have all seen and some have been a part of the recent panic buying scenario.

Jesus Christ is the Creator – He gave us a perfect earth, brim-full of beauty, vitality and perfection. Genesis 1:31 (NIV) records, ‘God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.’  

What a loving God we have – He gives us the creation, and within it He has encompassed valuable lessons for us to contemplate. We should be full of gratitude, but instead we have tragically polluted this gorgeous planet and made so many species extinct. In His infinite mercy, Jesus Christ will finally re-create the creation. Revelation 21:5 (ESV) says, ‘And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

Our great God gives us hope for better times – in the meantime look around and appreciate the handiwork of our Saviour. Bird feed may cost more than tuppence a bag, but it is an investment in your spiritual welfare as well as a blessing for our feathered friends.

Prayer
Our incredible God, thank you for this awesome earth and all that is in it.  We need your help to fully appreciate it. Forgive us Lord for our neglect of this precious gift.  Haste the day when we will see this new creation. Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting time:
Saturday 11 am

Local congregational contact:
George Henderson
Email: watford@gracecom.church 

Word of Life contact:
Email: wordoflife@gracecom.church