Dawna's Message 23rd July
As we make our way through the summer Gospel readings in Matthew, we find ourselves joining the crowds who follow Jesus through the countryside, into the cities and along the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Consistently, they ask him, "What is the kingdom of God like?" Last week, I suggested that one interpretation of this question might be, "What is it like to be at home with God?" The people we encounter in scripture, wrestle as we do with feeling alienated from themselves, one another and with God. So, to wonder what it is like to be at home with God is in a sense an opportunity to imagine their own lives differently. They might then move to the question, "What would it look like for me to be at home with God? In our continuation of the story of Abraham and Sarah's ancestors, we meet Jacob, now all grown up and struggling with the decisions he has made and the alienation that he has from his brother and father. Jacob is feeling a long way from home when he has a dream about the Kingdom of God and what it is like and we get to hear his dream and share his questions as we reflect on our own.