The Christchurch earthquake was “not an act of God”, it was just “the Earth doing what it does”. These are great words from the Dean of Christchurch Cathedral, Peter Beck.
He said to 3 News, “For me as a Christian, the act of God is in the love and compassion that people are sharing among each other.”
Another Dean, our guest preacher today, Dean Clarkson, from Mangere Baptist, made a great point today about these acts of God. We’ve all been so impressed with the outpouring of generosity and hospitality towards Christchurch people, as the community there has rallied together. Dean asked why it takes a disaster to be kind to our neighbours and share our homes with those who need them.
For those of us who feel helpless at the moment, perhaps something real we can do is act towards our neighbours in New Plymouth the way we want to reach out to those in Christchurch. Who could you open your home to?
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Message: Waterwings: What Helps Us Float #4 – Dean C – 27 Feb 2011
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