From The Manse

 

Dear Friends,

In Luke Chapter 12 we read these words;

‘Are not five sparrows sold for a couple of pence? Yet God does not overlook a single one of them. Believe me, the very hairs of your head are numbered. Never fear, then, for you mean even more to him than many sparrows’

I believe we live in a society that is becoming more and more impersonal, a society in which we are increasingly treated as if we were numbers rather than as human beings. We are identified by a reference number on a tax form, a policy number with an insurance company, a national health service number on a waiting list or a telephone number for call centres to try and persuade us to buy whatever it is they have to offer!

Answering machines, texts, emails and social media have, for many, become the order of the day with personal contact sometimes reduced to the barest minimum.

While I use modern means of communication and appreciate the advantages it presents, I still value face to face contact with people and in my opinion there is nothing that comes remotely close to it for good and meaningful conversation.

Disturbingly, however, there is evidence that many people now prefer to communicate through social media and it would seem an increasing number of young people relate more easily to a computer screen than to their fellow human beings. This surely inhibits their overall personal development and must be detrimental to their mental health.

In such a society as ours has become, it is reassuring to know and remember that God sees us as real people with hearts to love and minds to think and that each one of us is valued by him. The Prophet Isaiah captures God’s love and care beautifully in these words;

 

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine’.

 

I find these words wonderfully reassuring. Not only does God know us by name, he looks upon us as his own and seeks through Jesus to have a personal relationship with us, a relationship based on his redeeming love and care.

I recently came across this quote;

 

‘God has no phone, but I talk to him. He has no Facebook, but he is still my friend. He does not have a Twitter account, but I still follow him’.

 

By all means, let us use modern means of communication and social media but in the process, let us not forget to enjoy one another and to treat one another with respect, for made in the image of God, we are all of intrinsic value and greatly loved.

 

I send you my best wishes for a good summer!

Every blessing,

Your friend and minister,

Gary J McIntyre