Bubbles of joy!

Bubbles of joy!

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.”[1]

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!
[1] Taylor, James: Everyday Psalms (Wood Lake Books, Winfield 1994)
This is an excerpt from a sermon preached Sunday September 3rd 2017