DAY 109: Sunday 5 July
Good morning on this the 16th Sunday since lockdown
A phrase that seems to be repeated everywhere these days is discovering your identity. We live in a society where so many people feel they’re alone in the world and need to make sense of this world and who they are in it. This has been considerably exacerbated over the past 10 years with the explosion of social media where individuals are expected to identify themselves, their interests and their character to impress their readers/followers. The problems that ensue can lead to ‘identity crisis’ which then makes matters worse bringing more doubts and questions. Even when you have discovered your family tree it doesn’t necessarily answer all the questions about identity.
Our identity has for much of our life been linked to our work. We introduce ourselves to strangers with our name and the job we do, maybe some detail of our family and where we live, and that summarises our identity. Six months ago we may have considered ourselves as ‘active’ perhaps even ‘adventurous’ busying ourselves with our work and family duties and then occasionally venturing out to walk the countryside, climb the hills, even travelling to far off places. But then our identity of ‘active’ was replaced with ‘housebound’. Where once we would queue to pass through immigration at some foreign airport, now our greatest adventure is to journey to a supermarket and queue to get our shopping.
In many aspects of our lives we are asked for proof of our identity. Next Friday morning I have an appointment at the Council Tip and I am required to take proof of my identity. My passport, driving licence and NI number are unique to me and can be used as proof who I am. My fingerprint is also my identity and allows me to quickly log onto my computer – thankfully I’ve never been asked to give my fingerprints at a police station.
Does my faith help me to understand my identity? Today’s virtual service begins with a couple of contemporary songs (you may know the second one which reminds us what Father God tells us who we are). Then we listen to a message about identity from guest speaker Ivor Cooper which was first recorded at the Chapel in July 2016. The service ends with our most popular hymn/song of the past 10 years. The video service lasts 38 minutes >>> https://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/21619781
John 1:12 - Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Trisha Howard went for her scan yesterday but was surprised to be told they were keeping her in as she had a high temperature, dehydration and nausea so she has been put on a drip and antibiotics.
Thanks to Linda Lord for the following poem -
When I met the Master
I had walked life’s way with an easy tread
Had followed where comforts and pleasures led.
Until one day in a quiet place
I met my Master face to face.
I had built my castles, had raised them high
Where their tops had pierced the blue of the sky.
I had sworn to rule with an iron mace
till I met the Master face to face.
With station and rank and wealth my goal
Much thought for my body and none for my soul.
I had entered to win in life’s mad race
when I met the Master face to face.
I met Him and knew Him and blushed to see
That his eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me.
And I faltered and fell at His feet that day
while my castles melted and vanished away.
Melted and vanished and in their place
Naught else did I see but the Master’s face
And I cried aloud “O make me meet
to follow the steps of thy wounded feet
My thoughts are now for the souls of men
I have lost my life to find it again
Since one day in a quiet place
I met the Master face to face.
Enjoy the rest of your day and the coming week. As we mentioned in yesterday’s email, future emails will no longer be sent daily, but we will be in touch again mid-week.
Continue to keep in contact and support one other -
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.