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Barnabas fridge art and St Francis

Dear Friends

I’ve just made time in the diary to visit The National Gallery to see the exhibition of artwork inspired by the life of St Francis. It’s on until July 30th and its free!

Like many of you, we have our own more domestic art gallery aka the fridge door. Over the years it has hosted many pictures by some yet to be recognised artists…. I look forward soon to hosting the work of the little-known artist ‘Ellie Bean’ – our granddaughter who starts nursery school in September 😊.

It’s said to be a crucially formative moment – the child’s presentation their first ‘drawing’. It can set in train a life of grind or a life of grace….

GRIND…

Barny bounced in from school, ‘Look – I did this picture in class today!’. ‘Oh Charlie’ his parents exclaimed, ‘What a good picture! Let’s put it on the fridge with the other great pictures.’

GRACE…

Barny bounced in from school, ‘Look – I did this picture in class today!’. ‘Oh Charlie’ his parents exclaimed ‘Thank you!’ We love you so much. Let’s put it on the fridge with all the other special pictures.’

On Sunday we celebrate a life of grace in the Apostle Barnabas – the saint of encouragement – Eric is preaching. The lives of the saints paint a picture of what can happen when we know that we don’t need to be ‘good’ to be loved by God but trust that it is because of God’s complete love for us we can become all that God longs for us to be and so achieve all that God needs us to achieve.

May we see ourselves as God see us – and others – and be encouraged in love to love.

Jonathan.

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