I hope this photograph of a painting, “Raising the dead,” kindly gifted to us by its artist, Bonita Clarke, will bless many of you.
I cannot think of anything that better sums up what I have tried to do as a pastor and a teacher over many years, but perhaps even more consciously so since I became minister of Holy Trinity, in Wester Hailes.
This is how Jesus brings us to wholeness and saves us to the uttermost:
Firstly, The Good Shepherd in sheer grace finds us, loves us and picks us up, even from the very lowest places where life and hope are dead and gone. He raises us up and carries us on his shoulders;
Secondly, the Shepherd begins to speak into the lamb’s ear; we begin to hear His voice. Our Shepherd’s words bring us to life. His truth exposes lies that may have been spoken over us and unties the knots of misbeliefs we have carried about who God is and who we are to Him. His word begins to heal us on all sorts of levels of our being as we listen to Him;
Thirdly, the lamb, the sheep, begins to see things from the Shepherd’s perspective, and no longer from their own perspective. Hearing His voice, we now begin to see as He sees and to look upon ourselves, other people and the world, through His eyes.
Where are you in the picture?
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