Penrith Road, Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough TS3 7JR
Thought for the week.
It was good to be in church again when, at last, it could be opened for private prayer. At first it felt inhabiting to realise I couldn’t step into every seat. String across the pews meant I had to look carefully to see where I could go. I had to follow the directions telling me, ‘ONE WAY’. As I sat contemplating what it means to be in the presence of God these two words kept repeating, One Way.’ I began to think of Jesus’ last words to his disciples that he must go away but he would return and take them to place he had prepared for them.
When he said, ‘The way you know,’ Thomas was puzzled. ‘Lord we do not know where you are going how can we know the way ?’ Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’
The way can be a physical route planned out or a map helping us to get from A to B. Preparing the route can prevent us choosing the wrong road. The Way can also mean the manner by which we live. It’s about the actions we perform and our attitude to other people. Jesus has shown us the Way and has asked us to follow his example by treating everyone with love and concern. Unfortunately, no matter how well intentioned we are fail to live his way and we stray from the path when we try to go it alone. It’s then that we realise to live his Way is to understand that he is Truth. A necessary part of our journey is the realisation that only in Jesus’ death and Resurrection are we forgiven and redeemed because he has achieved what we could not achieve for ourselves. He is also Life. He promised, ‘I have come that you might have life- life more abundantly.’ This is life that does not end but continues in the Kingdom of Heaven where the place is prepared for us. There is only ONE WAY and that is in sharing the life of Jesus who has promised to come and live in us if we walk in his way.
‘O let me see thy footmarks and in them plant my own,
My hope to follow duly is in thy strength alone,
O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end.
And then in heaven receive me my Saviour and my friend.’