Speaking of "once in a lifetime" events...the Rugby World Cup (RWC) is just around the corner and everyone is gearing up for a festive six weeks. Do you remember what George Wieland said about festivals and politics? I bet the National Party are hoping for an All Black win to launch their election campaign.
Snowfall and World Cups don't seem to have a lot in common, however they pose an interesting question for us. How do we engage with our world in a way that connects our faith to our shared experiences? I'll put it another way: What difference does it make to our lives that we are Christians? Many of us enjoyed the snow on Monday; many of us will enjoy the RWC (I've got my tickets!)...but how is our engagement in these things any different from anyone else in the world? What difference does Jesus make to a RWC?
It is important that we ask these questions, because if we are to "pray without ceasing", if we are going to "run the race to completion" then our faith needs to be able to engage with all parts of our lives. Let the games begin!
Pastor David Auty