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Rev Richard MARTIN - Minister

Things Bright And Beautiful

A spell of glorious weather has chased cold, dank winter months into the recesses of memory. Warm sunshine means doors and windows thrown open, winter clothes washed and stored away.

Trees that were bare all winter now have coverings of new leaves. Snowdrops came, then daffodils, and bluebells will soon follow. And there are multitudes of other flowers about.

Our bird table already has blue tits, great tits, chaffinches, gold finches and siskins visiting. Sparrows, starlings and pigeons are always around.

But why? Why the great diversity that most people find so enjoyable? For those who bother to consider it, this annual return of exquisite beauty is a pleasing, even enchanting extravaganza of variety, design and colour.

Why? Well, some would say: Because! But Christians say: Because God designed things this way. It is part of His nature to make things intricate and beautiful. To design things so that they work with precision and are, at the same time, lovely and wonderful to behold, is the way God is.

When it came to mankind, the Bible says in Genesis chapter 1 verse 27: God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them. And what God designs He cherishes. So when man went against God's nature and sinned, God did something about it, John 3.16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

As you ponder God's bright & beautiful creation, think of yourself. Where do you stand? You're designed for a relationship with Him.

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