Thought for the Week
“Summer suns are glowing over land and sea” is the first line of an old hymn which used to be popular in Sunday Schools. We are now officially in the season of Spring, though the temperature some days (and nights!) is more like winter. Summer won’t start for another couple of months, but we are certainly getting days when the sun is glowing. Sun - such a little word, but it represents such a powerful part of creation that we could not live without. It’s the largest object within our solar system, is located at the center, and all the planets orbit around it. Without the Sun's heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth. There is another little word which sounds exactly the same when spoken - son, the name we give to male children in a family. And if we capitalise this word - Son - we have a special title, given to a special son, Jesus Christ, Son of God. Together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, he was there in the beginning, created all things, and is at the very centre of all life, all existence. Jesus said “I am the Light of the World” (John 8:12). He also said “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35). Without Jesus, we would be spiritually lifeless, physical death would be the end of all things. With Jesus, we can have everlasting life. So bask in the Sun when you can, rejoice in the light, warmth and nourishment it gives so that we can live physically. But more importantly, invite the Son into your life, and rejoice in the spiritual light, warmth and nourishment he gives, so that you can live life in all it’s fullness, as it should be lived, and live on with him after physical death.