BigRead13 Day 49 : Stories – the final day!

Easter Monday Pilgrimage 2013The final BigRead13 post can be found here, which sets Hebrews 11:13 for us to read today:

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth.

And so we come to the end of the #BigRead13. It’s been good to read the works of C S Lewis and the Bible alongside each other. Sometimes it’s felt right to focus on both. Sometimes, I have to confess, I’ve posted the link to the Bible verse and become engrossed in that, and forgotten to reference back to the Lewis. But forcing me to read and ponder a verse or two each day has been good.  I apologise to you all for any mistakes along the way; for any theological error; for my lack of modern music at times – I’m sorry, I’m just a traditional kind of guy that way.

But I don’t apologise for doing it. For it has made me think on death, on resurrection, on life as it is now and the life that is to come. It has made me think and pray a little more. It has made me firmer in my faith. It has made me more honest in my faith too – sharing some doubts here and there, wondering if I’m good enough, wondering what more I can do, imperfect as I am?

Thankfully you’re spared as a final blast of Easter music a rendition of Light’s Glittering Morn Bedecks The Sky*, all gazillion verses of it, because nobody has had the patience to record it on YouTube. But thank you to all of you who’ve been kind enough to read a post or two, comment occasionally to me on here or in person.

Let us pray that, if we are but strangers and foreigners on this earth, that we will be anything but when it comes to the new earth, the new heaven and the new Jerusalem. And may God give us the grace to truly live up to our promise as an Easter people. Amen.

* A gazillion, it turns out, is approximately 12.