For weeks, an author, an artist, two theological editors, one scientific editor and a total practical whizz have been squirreled away working together on this joy-bringing project. And today, we finally finished bringing it to life! So here it is; our Easter window – turning both panes of our picture window into an open his-story book, featuring the story of everything… with the cross where it belongs, right at the very centre.
We’re so excited about sharing this with thousands of people over the coming few weeks, and about the Easter cards we’re making featuring it for people to help themselves to from the dispenser on our door from later on this week onwards…
If you can’t zoom in on it all, here’s the text:
“In the beginning, there was cosmic sound.
Light, then life, burst out: expanding, multiplying….
The author spoke; God’s voice started his-story. And it was good!
God loves every person he creates. He doesn’t control them. (Love coerced is not love.)
But freedom has consequences. We often reject God’s best ideas for our inter-twining stories.
We try to write our own destinies – to make it our story.
More consequences; self-centred sub-plots always lead to pain, injustice and death for someone… eventually, for everyone.
Selfishness was our choice; not God’s.
He chose to save us from ourselves, to restore his-story by writing himself into our broken stories as Jesus.
He used his freedom perfectly – to bring life to everyone.
We killed him for it. But his nail-pierced hands had always planned to carry our selfishness and its consequences. …
No story can hold its own author in a grave…
JESUS IS ALIVE!
His plot is scandalously generous: a new beginning if we only believe and receive God’s gift…
Trade your story for his, and live the freedom you were created for – a life that brings life.
Afterwards? There’s a bigger story waiting; with no more disastrous sub-plots.
That’s why Easter matters.
But the choice remains… his-story or yours?”
Special thanks to Liz Baddaley, Alison Helliwell-Hodson, Kevin Macnish, Fiona Schneider, Jill Andrews, Katherine England and Barbara Macnish for all their help.