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Discovering God's Kingdom – Growing the Church

Wednesday 5 August

My wife and I made Saturday night a film night since the start of lockdown. We have been watching films we haven’t seen for ages and had forgotten all about, some even on our still working video player and it’s been really enjoyable. At the start of this month, accidentally, I subscribed to Amazon Prime for a month. So to make the most of that membership we have been watching films on that recently.

Late afternoon my daughter Lucy asked me, 'If you haven’t made a decision on what film to watch tonight can we watch the live action version of The Lion King?' Instantly I replied about how Mum and I are trying to use the Amazon membership. However within seconds I reversed that comment. Thinking how nice it would be to watch a film together and how many 18 year olds want to sit and watch a film with their parents. So early evening we started to watch.

Soon on in the film it soon started hitting me that several parts of the story line had biblical parallels. We got to the jovial song of Hakuna Matata (No Worries for the rest of your life). This reminded me of when God entered into my life. A new life had begun with God. I wasn’t living alone anymore but the Holy Spirit was now within. Naturally as humans we still worry, it’s in our human make up. However through our faith we can overcome this, we aren’t dealing with the problems in our life by ourselves, we have God with us to talk and pray to. Our former Rector Rev’d Alan Butler. Once said to me, 'Steve you need to leave your problems at the bottom of the Cross and let God deal with them. However remember do not pick them up and walk away with them again.' Very wise words indeed. which have stayed with me.

In the bible we are told in Mathew 6:27, 'Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?' And in Mathew 6:34, 'Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' Personally I take great heart and strength from part of Psalm 30:5 that 'sadness may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.' 

The next song in the film was Can you feel the love tonight. God loves every single one of us dearly. We are precious to him even when we make a mistake or fall short which you and I all do, we are still loved. Can you feel his love today? Together with God in our life we can get through the challenging times of worry with our faith and his love.

I certainly felt the love tonight when my daughter wanted to watch a film with her olds.

Loving Lord help us to remember in times of worry and fear you are there for us.
Caring Lord guide us through our times of sadness and remind us joy will follow.
Protecting Lord shield us from the evil in this world and help us to make right choices every single day.
Lord gives us the strength and courage that we can get through anything and everything that comes our way with you by our side.
Encourage us Lord to spread the Good News so others can find what we have found in Christ, so their lives can be more fulfilled with you in it and that they can also feel your love.
Let us know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly day by day. Amen.

Steve Hookway