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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

29 August 2018:Patsy Robinson, Petersfield Methodist Church

Being Worthy

With his previous owner, Shep, a sheepdog I know, only ever slept outside in the yard. Then a few months ago he moved in with my daughter. He was welcomed into the family and given a bed under the stairs with the other dogs. He still has to work with the sheep, but at night he is encouraged to come into the warm, right into the living room to be petted, to relax, and to enjoy the company. He loves it!

But for the first few weeks he couldn’t accept this new, privileged, comfortable life and would stuff his bedding out through the cat flap then go into the garden to pull it all outside. Forgive me for being anthropomorphic, but it looked as though he were saying

‘I know my place. This is all I deserve. Thank you for feeding me and treating me kindly, but I don’t want to get above myself so I’ll keep my distance.’
In his letters to the churches, Paul says: “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” And also: “So you are no longer a slave but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

While Jesus himself prays: “I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me, and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

Do we really believe this? Or do we inwardly think “But not me, I’m not worthy”?

Think about it...

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