DAY 79: Friday 5 June
Good morning all
A couple of years ago (June 2018) I wrote a piece for the Sutton Observer Living Faith column to which I have contributed 4 times a year over. the past 10 years. Some of you may remember the piece I submitted 2 years back although I am aware that many of you, like us, living on or near Falcon Lodge no longer get Sutton Observer delivered through the door.
It’s mid-Summer again and yet just a couple of weeks ago my attention was directed to the 1930’s Christmas song ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ and specifically to the lines ‘He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice; he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice’. The question was then posed – is Father Christmas possibly in breach of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which came into effect on 25 May 2018?
Along with every other church, charity, club and organisation in Sutton, our church has expended a fair amount of time and effort to ensure we comply with the new law and protect our members’ personal information. Whilst the spirit and intention of GDPR was undoubtedly good, only time will tell how effective it will be in preventing unwanted communications and protecting our personal data.
The Bible makes clear that God is not subject to GDPR nor any other restriction. The truth is our heavenly Father knows us more completely than we even know ourselves. He knows our past, our present and our future and has prepared only the very best for us, his precious children. God’s passion for our good is what we call grace.
We have nothing to fear that God would ever betray us or lead us into danger. The biggest threat comes from inside of ourselves especially when we start to think we know better than God what is best for our lives and choose our own course.
The Psalmist frequently acknowledged that God knows everything, and Psalm 139 is a good example and one of my personal favourites. It reminds me that God not only knows my comings and goings, but he goes ahead to lead and guide me and follows as my protector.
Psalm 139 –
1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
I certainly wouldn’t want to restrict what God knows about me (as if I even could!).
I’m well happy in the knowledge that the Creator of the Universe is on my side, and I am certainly not worrying there are less than 200 shopping days before Santa comes to town again! And if I need to know something about myself when I am confused or uncertain, who better to ask than my Father God.
Hymnalong from Psalm 139 >>> O GOD YOU SEARCH ME
Sheila reports she is doing alright although still has some pain as would be expected. She thanks everyone for their prayers and support over these recent days.
MAKE YOU SMILE: - more signs of getting old -
• Beautiful young people are acts of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
• Better to have bad breath than no breath at all !!
• Birthdays are good for you. The more you have the longer you live.
• By the time you reach middle age, you’ve already met so many people that every new acquaintance reminds you of someone else.
Following the Government announcement yesterday that all passengers using public transport must wear face coverings from 15 June, will that instruction only apply to humans?