Pastor's Message for May

A couple of months ago we experienced some rather severe storms which knocked out the electricity supply in the area where we live. Trees came crashing down around us and some houses were damaged. For quite a few hours we were left in the dark. This prompted me to buy a good quality torch. It has three LED globes and is powered by some fancy rechargeable batteries. Since then we have had occasion to use the torch a number of times. In the midst of darkness its light is amazing.

This has reminded me of a man who was born blind. He lived his whole life in darkness never knowing what colours looked like; never having seen the sun, moon or stars; and never seeing the beauty of God's creation in the trees animals, forests, waterfalls or the cean. I can't begin to imagine how difficult it would be for someone to live their whole life in darkness.

A day came when this man met Jesus. Filled with compassion, Jesus spat on the ground and made a mud poultice. He put the mud on the man's eyes and told him to go and wash his face. When the man did as he was told it was as if someone had switched a torch in his face. He could see. For the first time in his life he saw the faces of his family and friends. For the first time he saw a myriad of colours. This man's life was transformed because he had met Jesus. (Read John's Gospel, chapter 9)

There are many different kinds of blindness and darkness in people's lives today. Rage,hatred, prejudice, discrimination, obsession, addiction, greed, selfishness and ignorance are just a few examples. What is the answer? How can people be delivered from these kinds of blindness? Where can people go to find the light of a torch that will break through this kind of darkness?

In John 8:12 Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.' If you feel lost and alone; if you feel your life is just one great dark blur, why not seek out the Lord Jesus and see if He can shine His light into your life and once again give it meaning, purpose and dignity. I am sure it will be a decision you will never regret.

[If you ever want to talk about some of these life issues feel free to join with us on a Sunday and we can arrange to sit and chat.]

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