Ever watched the soapy bubbles blow in the wind
The excitement and laughter to a child it brings
Looks of delight as they chase and pop
Begging for more as you blow on the wand
A simple pleasure they won’t forget
A childhood memory, one of it’s best.
Michael Wolf’s poem (http://hellopoetry.com/words/16818/bubbles/poems/) describes that child-like joy of chasing and popping bubbles.
When is the last time you blew a bubble, just for the joy of it?
We worship a God who calls us to be joyful believers: In the letter to the Romans, Paul wrote:
“May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing, bubbling over with hope” (Romans 15:13 – Amplified)
Are you so filled with joy and peace that you are bubbling over with hope?
Inspired by Psalm 145, author James Taylor wrote:
“If only I could show others your presence
as clearly as I see it myself.
Then they could share
this wonderful bubbling of joy inside.”
Have you experienced that wonderful warm sense of love and joy that happens inside when the Holy Spirit surrounds you with his presence?
Imagine what a vibrant community we could be here at Athelstone if each one of us were bubbling over with hope and joy through the experience of our Christian faith – and that joy could bubble over into our everyday lives! What a great image to hold on to!
May joy bubble through your day!
 Taylor, James: Everyday Psalms (Wood Lake Books, Winfield 1994)
This is an excerpt from a sermon preached Sunday September 3rd 2017