Vicar’s Reflection: 24th May 2015, PENTECOST

O that I had wings like a dove, for then I would fly away and be at rest.” A lovely bit of poetry init? You may wonder if it was Shakespeare, or Longfellow or Byron? Wrong! It is from Psalm 55:6. The dove is associated with God’s Holy Spirit for good reason. It is a beautiful bird with its pure white feathers and graceful flight. We earth-bound humans consider the dove to have freedom. When pleased about something you will hear young people say: ‘choice’. This is what the dove has we think, freedom to choose. Young people are right to put a high value on choice; on freedom. God’s Holy Spirit brings true freedom. Jesus gave a promise about the coming of the Holy Spirit, that his Spirit would lead us to truth and that the truth would set us free. (John 15:26/ John 8:32) Freedom is a characteristic of societies shaped by Christian values. This true freedom is not the same as lack of restrictions or licentiousness. It is the freedom to follow God’s calling and to resist pressure or manipulation from other sources. It is the freedom to choose to do good not evil. Those who commit terrible crimes try to justify their actions by saying –“I had no choice!” Jesus has shown us that we still have choice by the power of God’s Holy Spirit even when faced with a cross. Alex Czerwonka

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