Will add some highlights from those discussions soon, but firstly: playdough!!!
Veronica led us through a neat playdough-based reflection on Sunday (another first for The Local, if not church generally!). Veronica made a great point that I wanted to capture here for us.
Everything about it is so permanent. Imagine getting this far and then accidentally chipping off one of the fingers or something - you'd feel like the whole piece is ruined!
Veronica pointed out how we can tend to have that sort of view of our own lives - especially when it comes to our mistakes, our bad choices and sin. We can tend to think that they are etched in stone as well and we've ruined everything - as C3PO says, "We're doomed!" (As a quick side note, linking to the previous post, ever notice how much easier it is to believe we have totally stuffed things up, than that we are permanently blessed! we assume our bad things have permanent power to doom us, but we never assume the good things we do cause permanent blessing for us! I think we should be a little suspicious when we recognise how much easier it is to have faith in negative outcomes? Perhaps another kingdom might be lying to us?).
Veronica passed around a container of gorgeous bright blue playdough and asked us all to have a go at sculpting something, and then share what we'd made (some of our creations needed more explanations than others :), and explain any meanings or associations behind what we'd made.
It was awesome - we had a total blast. But it also had a great point: As things happen and our lives take shape along the way, as long as we keep ourselves pliable and keep bringing it back to God, he can keep remoulding things for us. We still live with and carry the impacts of our decisions and the decisions of those around us - but nothing has the power to permanently ruin our lives unless we let it. To God, we're more like playdough and concrete. So, if you could use a bit of remodelling, bring it to him...nothing is ever as lost as it seems.
Thanks Veronica - and thanks team. A great reflection and some glorious creations as a result!
Bless you all heaps :)