Weekend Thought by Judith Mudd

IT all started just as any other day, but things were about to change.

I was at my Dad’s home, making him a mug of coffee and having a chat, then it happened, a strange noise, which was coming from the direction of the fireplace.

I carefully removed a plywood screen, which covered it and nothing seemed amiss, then getting on my knees I looked up the chimney and glimpsed a pair of feathered legs, on what looked like a shelf. Not knowing how long the unfortunate creature had been there, I felt a sense of urgency. My husband and son were both at work and Dad severely disabled, I knew it was down to me alone!

Feeling anything but calm I donned my rubber gloves, knelt down and got as close as I could to the fireplace, and blindly felt for something to grab. Unfortunately all I grasped was a large bundle of feathers.

I tried once more, this time victory, I had a pigeon in my grasp. I hurried as fast as I could through the house, and placed the frightened bird on the grass, before I could check for any injuries, it flew away. What a relief! This will always be a memorable day in my life, possibly for the pigeon also.

We too need to be rescued, not from a dirty chimney, but from the dirt and sin in our lives.

Jesus came to do just that! In fact, He is the only way to heaven. He tells us in the Bible: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”.

God in his great love for each one of us sent His only Son to this earth to die, to pay the penalty or punishment for all of our sins, and wrong stuff we have committed.

It says in John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life”.

With God, love really does change everything. He can give us a fresh start, and a new way of living.

Shortly afterwards we fitted a wire mesh over the chimney pot, so no other bird will find itself trapped again.

I realise many folk see pigeons as the rats of the bird world, and if you have had a nest near to your window you probably really know what that means.

We are similar in God’s sight, even the nicest person; no one is good enough. That is why Jesus willingly suffered and took the blame for every wrong thought and action which you and I have done.

How amazing is that, all we need to do is accept Him as our Rescuer or Saviour, and believe in Him, confess and say sorry for all the wrong we have done and you will receive this new life.

Though human love often changes from day to day, or even hour to hour, God’s love never changes.