Out of the wilderness - kingdom
- place of deliverance - place where God is to be found place of safety – but also a place of danger and horror - where Satan and the wild beasts are to be faced. (disclosingnewworlds)
Out of the wilderness, kingdom.
Noah - awful, deliverance & judgement - faithfulness, from watery wilderness - kingdom.
This mornings Hymns have all come from a time of wilderness -
Now thank we all our God was written in the depths of the Thirty Years War when the whole land was devastated
If you believe and I believe
comes from Zimbabwe's independence struggle - we sing it today as we launch our Commitment for Life appeal
and support our friend Marian.
O love that wilt not let me go came from George Matheson's personal distress and has been used through the years to acknowledge grief and pain.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? comes out of slavery and the faith of a people oppressed and abused who found in Jesus liberation.
By gracious powers is a translation of a hymn written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in New Year 1945 whilst in a Nazi prison knowing that he was unlikely to survive. Amidst the pain is a wonderful confidence in God's goodness and grace.
From war, hopelessness, distress, slavery, imprisonment, comes release, healing, freedom, grace, justice, hope - out of wilderness - kingdom.
Lent is created wilderness - fasting, prayer, reflection seeking God and God's will in our lives.
Real Lives often involves real wilderness - there is no known time scale, no planned Easter.
The programme “Facing the Truth”
told powerful stories from the conflict in Northern Ireland, it has been a long wilderness for all of those involved - has the kingdom come? in healing, in reconciliation, in forgiveness, we saw the kingdom come - people building a future with hope. Out of the it wilderness, kingdom.
Your wilderness - if remembered - where did the the kingdom come, where was the healing, reconciliation, new beginning? If it is now, be encouraged by other peoples stories, be aware that in the wilderness as you face Satan and the wild beasts - God is present and out of wilderness can come Kingdom. If it is created for this Lenten period, then may your seeking allow you to know God's call on your life at this time.