The village of Selkirk, in the Borders, appeared in a news item today due to surprising circumstances. The whole place had been Yarn Bombed!. What on earth is that, you may ask? Yarn Bombing is a form of street art which involves decorating all sorts of public places with e.g. crocheted, knitted or embroidered fabrics. The locals do not know that it is going to happen. So when they wake up on that day they are completely surprised by knitted phone boxes, crocheted wheelie bins or whatever. You can imagine the surprise!
One of the organisers was interviewed and said that it was a good way of bringing a splash of colour to what might be just another grey day for many people. I like that; the fact that we can go through life in a rather dreary fashion, to waken up to a day where suddenly everything is bursting with warm vibrant colours. A kind of new day where everything is viewed differently.
The Greek word Parousia, literally meaning presence, refers to Jesus return to earth. A day when everything will be revealed in the light of his presence. Many things will look like they do now but I like to think that Jesus presence will be so powerful that everything, being made new, will be as if in bursting vibrant colours, as compared to the greyness of a dreech highland day in the rain. Of course I am using my imagination but nothing wrong with that. The thought of it can be exciting and uplifting to our faith as we should look forward to that day.
Our sermon this Sunday concerns some people who were waiting for that day as guests or, bridesmaids, waiting for a groom to arrive for the big party. When he is delayed for a long time half of them are surprised by his arrival and the others are prepared. (Matthew 25:1-13) So how prepared are we? Are we fully prepared by our commitment to Jesus, with all of our lives, and living in anticipation of his return? Are we, in the waiting, praying for and striving for the values of the Kingdom that he will return to fully consummate? Remember…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven…
We know that all things will be made new when Jesus comes back. But we can be employed in the waiting by ‘love bombing’ the world that we live in now. So that people who, would otherwise wake up to the drudgery of another grey and weary day, may experience, in a surprising way, the love of God. May our prayers be, in the coming days, that God would so flood our lives with his love that the overflow would colour the world we live in.
Colours of Day
Colours of day dawn into the mind,
The sun has come up, the night is behind.
Go down in the city, into the street,
And let’s give the message to the people we meet
So light up the fire and let the flame burn,
Open the door, let Jesus return,
Take seeds of His Spirit, let the fruit grow,
Tell the people of Jesus, let His love show.
Go through the park, on into the town;
The sun still shines on, it never goes down.
The light of the world is risen again;
The people of darkness are needing a friend.
Open your eyes, look into the sky,
The darkness has come, the sun came to die,
The evening draws on, the sun disappears,
But Jesus is living, His Spirit is near.