God is old now ...
“God is old now. Maybe it’s time for him to have a rest and let someone younger have a go. God hasn’t done a good job so far, the world is in a bit of a mess”
This reflection was given by a 7 year old boy as we, about 50 in total, sat in a circle reflecting on the question, “If heaven had a message for us today what might it be?” The response was not what I expected and was far better than I hoped. There wasn’t the opportunity to explore this further at the time and, as I think about what was said, I wonder …….
Maybe we portray God as old.
Maybe the portrayal, in itself, is old, stale and ineffective.
Maybe our practice, which reflects our understanding, is old.
Maybe our view of God is one of yesterday. Perhaps we’re so enthralled with a glorious past that we have no eye on today or tomorrow. I’m reminded of a comment made last year by a primary age child who, when responding to the prompt, “Church is …….. “ said, “Church is where you go to learn about the old times”. For some, the church has no new times.
And God sent baby. What could be younger, newer or fresher? Maybe God did let someone younger have a go. And what a go it was.
So perhaps, those of us who are old now, and occupy positions that determine the outcomes for those younger, might venture into the unknown by moving aside. The world is in a bit of a mess. Maybe our young ones might have a few ideas to help sort it out.
And maybe the birth of the Christ-child might be glimpse into how brilliant the now and the next could be.
The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Saviour has just been born in David’s town, a Saviour who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
Luke chapter 2