Encouragement for the Journey 13 April 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 13 April 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Journey

Greeting fellow traveller,

The story of Jesus travelling into Jerusalem is so well known, yet we may fail to appreciate that it is not an isolated story; rather it is part of the whole drama of Passion Week.

The event known as Palm Sunday is one of the few stories that is told in each gospel, but each writer changes the story slightly, to suit the particular audience they are writing for. They seek to portray Jesus in a particular light in relation to the events that follow and with the goal that the reader and hearer, may know and experience Jesus?

One of the most wonderful descriptions of meeting Jesus is offered by Albert Schweitzer when he wrote The Quest for the Historical Jesus, (1906) the last paragraph of the book says: 

‘The names in which men expressed their recognition of Him as such, Messiah, Son of Man, Son of God, have become for us historical parables. We can find no designation which expresses what He is for us.  

He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lake-side, He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same word: “Follow thou me!” and sets us to the tasks which He has to fulfil for our time.  

He commands. And to those who obey Him, whether they be wise or simple, He will reveal Himself in the toils, the conflicts, the sufferings which they shall pass through in His fellowship, and, as an ineffable mystery, they shall learn in their own experience Who He is. ‘

 

In our own experience, we too at times will struggle to describe and make sense of Jesus, but in that quest we may discover a Jesus; who will awaken within us, new hope, courage, and above all love and compassion on the journey of our lives.

On this journey, we age, and along the way collect memories in the photo albums of our heart. Looking back, and glancing forward, we continue to embrace and celebrate life. We give ourselves permission to change to grow, to explore the realm of the soul, our inner world, for may be in time, or perhaps now we will be able to say with Julian of Norwich:

‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’

Meanwhile Peace travelling through Passion Week

Alf