Some people have asked for a reminder of what the items in the goodie bag which was given out last Sunday represented.
A peppermint to remind us that we and others are worth a mint to God.
A pencil to remind us that we join God in creating the world we live in. At our best we can create world where everyone is valued and where justice and compassion are lived out.
The pencil has an eraser on it. Sometimes we will make mistakes. The eraser reminds us that God forgives us and we can try again. Others will also make mistakes and we can strive to forgive them.
A band aid is to remind us that we all need healing from time to time and we live in a world where that healing is available to us through doctors, and nurses, and hospitals. Sometimes healing comes from the kindness of friends and we may be invited to help someone else who is hurt.
A texta reminds us of all of the colours of God’s world and that they are there for variety and for our enjoyment. We are part of the colour of the world – and others will have different colours – different experiences, different gifts and abilities. We are invited to value all the varieties of creation and people, recognising their gifts and talents and join together to make a wonderful picture.
A lolly is to remind us of the sweetness of life and not get bogged down in the challenges that life can throw at us.
A tea bag reminds us of the joy of friendship – sitting and having a cuppa with a friend as we share the struggles and joys of life.
These things help me think about God’s realm and God’s amazing and generous grace.