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Wednesday Piece



Well, there I was at the weekend, listening to some old Bruce Cockburn stuff. If you have never heard of Bruce he is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics including human rights, environmental issues, politics, and Christianity. Bruce Cockburn has written more than three hundred songs on thirty-three albums over a career spanning forty years. If you are feeling a bit bored while self-isolating why not give him a listen.

I was listening to one of Bruce’s songs called “Anything can happen”. Strangely appropriate for the times we are living through perhaps? Bruce’s song, “Anything can happen simply makes the point that when you get up in the morning, anything can ... er ... happen. It’s just a fact of life, we can't control everything all of the time. The best laid plans, and all that... I mean, I’m a St. Mirren fan, so I know what I'm talking about.

But, why should this be a surprise and what are we supposed to do when things don’t go according to plan? I guess people fall into two camps. There are those who whinge and moan and think the world is against them; and there are those who just roll up their sleeves and get on with it - whatever the 'it' is, and however good or bad 'it' is. After all, we can't change the world to make it suit us, and we can't control other people to make them fit in with what might make us feel happiest.

This isn't exactly new, is it? You sometimes hear people speak as if you only have to get the formula right and everything will fall into place. Follow these seven steps to success, and you will be healthy, wealthy and wise! But, we know that nothing can be guaranteed and formulae don't work.
There can even be a temptation - for people of faith - to think that if you press all the right 'God buttons', life will go well and you will be spared the messiness and sickness and fragility that being mortal brings with it.
But, the reality is that even for the faithful, there are no promises other than that: whatever the world throws at us, good or bad, we will not be abandoned. So, anything can happen and anything can happen! No deals, no bargains and no fixes.

Frightening? Maybe. Exciting? Definitely. But, the Good News is that the risen, living Jesus Christ will always be with us and, through and with Him, “Anything can happen”!


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