Wednesday, 29 June 2016

divided or united...

Yesterday evening my daughter Amy and my son Reece were confirmed by the Bishop of Dover along with other candidates from other parishes in the Dover Deanery.
Confirmation is a 'next step' following baptism in their journey as disciples of Jesus.
Confirmation takes place in the Church of England, other denominations have other practices and different views on 'becoming' a Christian.  However, I think all would agree that what really matters is making the decision to follow Jesus.
In the early church there was much division and debate about all sorts of things but what united them was Jesus.
Things don't seem to be much different today when we consider the many issues which seem to divide the Church - BUT the Church remains UNITED BY JESUS.
The recent EU Referendum result has caused division among many people...
There are Christians who voted 'remain' and others who voted 'leave' - the result has left many of them feeling angry at the decision...
and they (like lots of other people) seem to be clutching at straws and looking for loopholes.  This is sad and yet another example of how 'worldy' things cause division among followers of Jesus.
We need to remember that we are UNITED BY JESUS.
My prayer is for reconciliation, peace and harmony across our great Nation.
My hope is in Jesus...

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