Pastor Matthew’s reflections for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany:
Psalm 139 is my favourite of all the psalms… what incredibly intimate and personal language, what a love poem (verses 13 – 16)
“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.4I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed.”
How is God this interested in us, in each of us, in everything that God has made? It is certainly true that this knowledge is almost too wonderful for us to accept...but accept it I implore you! Accept that you are that precious to the God that is "the Ancient of Days", just accept it and let that knowledge inform your sense of self worth and value...
And then... implore others to accept that truth for themselves. Phillip gives us the perfect words by which to invite others to do this... Come and see... that's all it takes, come and see. No threats, no forceful cajoling or aggressive debate, just a peaceful, hospitable invitation founded on a sure and certain faith that once one comes and sees, once one accepts the psalmist’s words as truth, once one sees what Jesus is about...well, the rest will take care of itself.