I continue to read and be stimulated in my faith, by A Nazareth manifesto by Sam Wells. As it is quite a heavy read ( quite expensive to buy! ) I will share with you some quotes over the next few weeks, . enjoy!
'This, then, is the axis of Christian faith: that God, whose being is “with” –the inner interrelationship of the three persons of the Trinity –is not just “with” within, but determines to be with externally: to be with us . God’s whole life is shaped by the permanent resolve never to be except to be with us .' p373
'And how do we celebrate this good news? By being with people in poverty and distress even when there’s nothing we can do for them. By being with people in grief and sadness and loss even when there’s nothing to say. By being with and listening to and walking with those we find most difficult rather than trying to fob them off with a gift or a face-saving gesture. By being still with God in silent prayer rather than rushing in our anxiety to do yet more things for God. By taking an appraisal of all our relationships and asking ourselves, “Does my doing for arise out of a fundamental commitment to be with, or is my doing for driven by my profound desire to avoid the discomfort, the challenge, the patience, the loss of control involved in being with?” P329
from 'A Nazareth Manifesto' by Sam Wells.