God led me some time ago to this simple vision statement ‘Engaging with God, His People and His World'. It unites us not only in our direction and aim as a Church, but also is for every individual and ministry within the Church.
When God knitted you together in your mother’s womb, designing and moulding you with wonderful complexity, beauty and uniqueness, He had more in mind for your life than simply filling a gap. We are not gap fillers as if our design doesn’t matter. We are moulded for a purpose.
For my wife’s recent birthday treat we visited Manchester Art Gallery, a wonderful place. There are a lot of Pre-Raphaelite paintings on display, including some by Holman Hunt, the artist famous for his picture of ‘The Light of the world’. On this visit another of his paintings, 'The Scapegoat', caught my eye.
In the last few weeks plant pots have appeared on the window sills of our house. In each one a seed was planted, and now infant plants have pushed up through the compost. The beginnings of tomatoes, cucumbers and leeks, amongst others. I look forward to eating the fruit of my gardening-wife’s labours later in the year.