Thursday, 11 December 2014

Idolatry Discerning

Pot’s Pondering
There are times when I think there is a whole lot more going on around us than we realize. I'm not talking specifically about the "busy-ness" of the season, but more about the presence of God in and around us at all times. 

This time of year I am always struck by the story of the Magi - three wise men from the east, who seemed to know something about what God was up to in the world, despite having no apparent connection to the "God of Israel - Yahweh". In the book of Matthew we read about how they followed a star to Bethlehem, and were certain that someone of cosmic significance was being born. So they started to ask around, "Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the East and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2).

How did the foreign, pagan Magi know and not the regular citizens of Judea? The farmers, merchants, priests, and innkeepers were oblivious to the work of God going on around them. How did they not see the incredible, earth changing things that were taking place, just as the prophets had foretold? Perhaps they were consumed with their own lives, worries, concerns, and schedules to consider that God may be at work in and through them.

As we go about the "busy-ness" of the Christmas season, may we all be in tune with the Spirit, seeking the Christ-child, prepared to worship Him. It is our hope at school that your children will come to know Jesus as the reason for the season.

Our theme for this month's chapels is "Idol-Discerning". We had 2 groups of students lead us in worship through drama and song:

Then students were split into their gift groups. Using the cans of fruit and tuna that the students brought in, they had to work together to make a shape that had something to do with winter. 

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