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EDITORIAL FROM THE LATEST CIRCUIT NEWSLETTER

Dear Friends,


To see or not to see!


Since we have moved into the new manse Geoff and I have been juggling workmen and unpacking boxes. Clearing away the dead leaves and a little weeding to the front garden has made a difference, but that is all that has been done so far. Gardens and plants need constant care and attention; it is so easy to leave the plants to their own devices and hope that they will out flower the weeds, or that any bindweed will not strangle them, a problem that we had in Brighton.


The manse back garden is laid to lawn and although I am not thoroughly green-fingered I do like to dig, to prune and weed. So I am really looking forward to digging up some of the grass and creating a vegetable garden. In the meantime I am garden watching! The other day I saw in an overgrown garden where the plants seemed to be blocking light from each, a Peony being blocked by a rapidly growing Hebe. The Peony really needs to be replanted somewhere else in the garden, where it will grow and flourish.  Alas, that's not for me to do.


For those disciples and people to whom Jesus appeared, the risen Christ being back among them must have been wonderful.  They surely believed that this would be the time when the Lord would restore the kingdom to Israel.  They asked him about this in Acts 1:6 and before they could get an answer Jesus was taken from them again, he ascended into heaven.


Their picture of Jesus was far too small; their understanding of him was too narrow. He did not just come to restore Israel but to redeem the world, not just to rule on earth but to be enthroned in heaven. As the disciples believed that they could see the whole picture they actually only saw a small glimpse, one piece of a jigsaw. They had to think again, Jesus was greater than they had ever begun to imagine.

I hadn't seen the Peony properly at first; I was only looking at the Hebe. In having a second look and thinking about the possibilities of the garden's owner replanting the Peony I believe more of their garden might be seen. Maybe we too are like the disciples and need to think again about Jesus and his whole purpose. Do we only glimpse the man or do we see the face of God beneath?  


With every blessing this Ascensiontide & Pentecost.

Lin




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