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i-Llan: 18th February 2024 – Crocuses and Covenants

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When I walk into town, I go through the grounds of what used to be the local stately home. At the moment, it is full of white and purple crocuses (or croci if you prefer). People stop and take a few moments to enjoy the beauty. I wonder who planted them and when, and whether they realised these flowers would give pleasure to the public many years later.

It gave me an insight into the idea of covenant, a word which appears in the readings for this Sunday and next, and which is a theme running through the Bible.

In life today, I think we are most likely to come across the word ‘covenant’ in two contexts. One is if we are involved with property which has a restrictive covenant placed on it so that only certain uses of that property are allowed. The other is if we covenant, or promise, to give regularly to a charity.

One meaning of ‘covenant’ is a formal promise made by one person to another or (like marriage) mutually between two partners.

The Old Testament has several stories of God making a covenant with people. This Sunday, it is with Noah and the whole earth. After the great flood has receded, Noah’s ark lands and everyone is let out onto dry ground. God promises, ‘never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth’. The rainbow is the sign, written into the sky, of that promise.

Later on, God makes covenants with Abraham, with Moses, and with David. These are promises of God’s loving faithfulness despite all the times his people reject the promise and refuse to fulfil the responsibilities it brings with it.

In another sense, the word ‘covenant’ means a will or testament, the promise of something which will be handed on at death.

Thus, Easter celebrates the giving and fulfilment of the New Covenant (or New Testament) that Jesus bequeaths to his disciples. At his last supper with them, he tells them to share the cup of wine he has blessed, for ‘this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’. (Matthew 26. 28) At that same supper, he says, ‘this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’

As I reflect on this, it seems to me that ‘covenant’ can become a way of life. First, I think with gratitude of all the faithful love I have received, from the gift of life itself to the loving provision of my family, friends and church.

Then I ponder the promises I have made, such as in marriage and ordination, and the commitment of being a parent. All of these take hard work to live up to.

Lastly, I ask myself what heritage of faithful living I will hand on to those who come after me. Like the gardener who planted those crocuses, I will never know who will benefit from the legacy of my life, but I endeavour to live well as my covenant with the future. I pray that is something God can and will use as part of his covenant with me and with humanity.

I wonder whether you view life in the same way.
With these thoughts in mind, my prayer this week is:
May you live
with gratitude for the past,
with love in the present,
with hope for the future,
and in faithful obedience to God always.
Amen.

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When I walk into town, I go through the grounds of what used to be the local stately home. At the moment, it is full of white and purple crocuses (or croci if you prefer). People stop and take a few moments to enjoy the beauty. I wonder who planted them and when, and whether they realised these flowers would give pleasure to the public many years later.

It gave me an insight into the idea of covenant, a word which appears in the readings for this Sunday and next, and which is a theme running through the Bible.

In life today, I think we are most likely to come across the word ‘covenant’ in two contexts. One is if we are involved with property which has a restrictive covenant placed on it so that only certain uses of that property are allowed. The other is if we covenant, or promise, to give regularly to a charity.

One meaning of ‘covenant’ is a formal promise made by one person to another or (like marriage) mutually between two partners.

The Old Testament has several stories of God making a covenant with people. This Sunday, it is with Noah and the whole earth. After the great flood has receded, Noah’s ark lands and everyone is let out onto dry ground. God promises, ‘never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth’. The rainbow is the sign, written into the sky, of that promise.

Later on, God makes covenants with Abraham, with Moses, and with David. These are promises of God’s loving faithfulness despite all the times his people reject the promise and refuse to fulfil the responsibilities it brings with it.

In another sense, the word ‘covenant’ means a will or testament, the promise of something which will be handed on at death.

Thus, Easter celebrates the giving and fulfilment of the New Covenant (or New Testament) that Jesus bequeaths to his disciples. At his last supper with them, he tells them to share the cup of wine he has blessed, for ‘this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’. (Matthew 26. 28) At that same supper, he says, ‘this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’

As I reflect on this, it seems to me that ‘covenant’ can become a way of life. First, I think with gratitude of all the faithful love I have received, from the gift of life itself to the loving provision of my family, friends and church.

Then I ponder the promises I have made, such as in marriage and ordination, and the commitment of being a parent. All of these take hard work to live up to.

Lastly, I ask myself what heritage of faithful living I will hand on to those who come after me. Like the gardener who planted those crocuses, I will never know who will benefit from the legacy of my life, but I endeavour to live well as my covenant with the future. I pray that is something God can and will use as part of his covenant with me and with humanity.

I wonder whether you view life in the same way.
With these thoughts in mind, my prayer this week is:
May you live
with gratitude for the past,
with love in the present,
with hope for the future,
and in faithful obedience to God always.
Amen.

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