For Kirwan Uniting Church Keep in Touch pew sheet 15 September 2019

Do you ever go into a room, it might be your kitchen or a bedroom, and then think to yourself, Why have I come into this room?” I do, and it used to worry me. I asked my GP, is this an early sign of dementia? He assured me that everyone does it, him included, its because we have so much on our minds at once that we lose track of one particular strand of what were doing, or supposed to be doing. Nothing to worry about. Another manifestation of this mental multi-tasking overload, for me at least, is when Im driving on a familiar route. But if my destination isnt the usual one for that route, when I come to a t-junction, or traffic light, or roundabout, and I have to decide which way to go, I have think hard Where am I going?” before I make the direction decision.
In John 14 (In my Fathers house are many mansions .. ), Jesus tells his disciples that they know the way to the place which he has prepared for them. But Thomas, ever-honest, replies Lord, we dont know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Thats me on Fulham Road when Im not going to my usual destination that side of town, the gym! Ive forgotten where Im going, so which way do I go round this roundabout?
Its not only in the geo-spatial realm that I forget the way and even the destination. It happens in my spiritual and emotional life, too. Jesus’ answer to Thomas is just as relevant. I am the way and the truth and the life. In whatever circumstance I find myself, I should set my satnav to Jesus. How did he respond in a similar situation? How did he deal with people? What lengths did he go to, to make a way for me? What has he promised me? Hes my destination as well as my way.

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