“Willow”…”Wren”…”Rhubarb.” 3 words that are being culled from some Dictionaries for children. Should we not be a bit sad about that, in that it shows a growing disconnect with nature? I guess it happens through increased interest and fascination with fantasy, computer based play and other such things that keeps children and their play more indoors and screen based. It may be happening for other reasons too. Do we accept that as a done deal, or do we seek as a society to help children to reconnect with the world of nature? That was an aspect of my own education that I enjoyed very much and stays with me in some shape or form until this day, enriching my life.
Wondering what words have fallen or are falling into non use in Church life and worship? I have heard that some churches in prioritising mission no longer allow songs with “concepts” or “metaphors” dear and central to Christian belief because they are deemed to have no connection with non believers. Are songs to and about The Lamb of God, the blood of the Lamb etc. outlawed in heaven now or in the new heavens and earth to come? They have not been sung in some churches for decades, and indeed would be mocked and sneered at: I know that from personal experience of decades of ministry in the Church of Scotland. Will we have to go through an education programme when we arrive in that future glory so we can join in with the worship of the elders, the angels, the living creatures around the throne etc? Are the church at rest and the church in its labours singing from the same song sheet this Lord’s Day?
Had ended this blog at this point, but then started remembering the week of my conversion about 45 + years ago at Scripture Union Camp. Words that meant nothing to me at the start of the week meant everything to me by the end of the week. Every word and line once meaningless had become life changing, life directing, life supporting, adventure calling, purpose giving…
“There’s a way back to God from the dark paths of sin,
There’s a door that is open and you may go in
At Calvary’s cross is where you begin
When you come as a sinner to Jesus.”
This one too:
“Cleanse me from my sin Lord
Put Thy power within Lord
Take me as I am Lord
And make me all Thine own
Teach me day by day Lord
Underneath Thy sway Lord
Make my heart Thy palace and Thy Royal Throne.”
And these Scripture words:
“All we like sheep have gone astray,
We have turned aside every one of us unto our own way,
But the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Education as to what words and concepts that meant nothing to me could mean for me was part of the work of the Holy Spirit in my conversion.
So glad my ignorance was taught into and not allowed to dumb down the truth of the Christ I knew was calling me to Himself.