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The theme for 3F’s Faith and Music assembly this week was ‘Choose Life’.  I explained that life is a gift that has been given to us; we have not chosen to live, as such, but what we do is choose how to live. 

There are a couple of very useful Bible quotes related to this theme.  In the Gospel of John Jesus says, ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’.  In the book of Deuteronomy Moses says ‘I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.  If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments, then you shall live and prosper, and the Lord your God will bless you.  So choose life, that you and your children may prosper, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and remaining close to him.’

What these readings tell us is that fullness of life is found in God.  It is God who will comfort and sustain in times of sorrow and of difficulty, it is God who will energise in times of weariness and anxiety, it is God who will inspire in times of doubt, it is God who will rejoice with us in times of celebration.

All of these ‘times’, and so many more, are our life experiences.  God longs for us to be in relationship with Him; God longs for us to experience fullness of life.  This is not forced upon us though – it is a choice we are invited to make.

The Summer holidays give us a new and fresh opportunity to grow in relationship with God and to live life to the full.  There will be more family time spent together.  There will be different opportunities to serve others, and to demonstrate friendship.  The prayers and reflection that form part of every school day will be missing, but there will be other opportunities for keeping the flame alive, nourishing and growing our relationship with God.

 

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The other thing to reflect on in the context of this theme is that our human definition of life is not the same as God’s definition of life.  With God, life is not measured in hours, days or years.  Eternal life, the ultimate fullness of life, is what God is inviting us to choose and will help us to attain.

 

Wishing you a safe, joyful and blessed Summer.

God bless,

Mr George, Chaplain