Reflection: Sunday 10th October and for the week ahead:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but we have one (Jesus) who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace. (Hebrews.4.15-16)
There are few things more annoying than well-meaning people who say: ‘I know just how you feel’! A mother of four once said this to a childless friend of mine. How could she pretend to know the pain and disappointment of my friend? To stand alongside people in their grief or need, to offer comfort and support, is the work of a good friend; but we are all different, and can never know what it is like to be the other person.
But God created each one of us in his own image, and knows us through and through. We can come to him boldly, without pretence, confident that even knowing us as he does, he still loves us, and from him we ‘receive mercy and find grace’.