Before I introduce the challenge for this week, we have some Design Team news - Kim is stepping down from the SALT team after having been involved for a considerable length of time. We're all sad to say goodbye to her, having been inspired by her reflections and thoughts on the challenges and having enjoyed the fellowship we've had on the team. Thank you Kim for you for everything you've done for the SALT blog, for your insights on the challenges, and for the friendship we've been able to have with you.
We hope you will join with us in wishing Kim every blessing.
It’s not quite Ascension Day (40 days after Easter), however, since the Easter celebrations are now a few days ago, in today’s challenge I (Pauline) asked the team to reflect on Jesus’ final teaching to his disciples. The words of that teaching are found in Matthew 28:18-20,
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When I was a child, I learned the following song, based on these verses;
God's spirit is in my heart
He has called me and set me apart
This is what I have to do
What I have to do
He sent me to give good news to the poor
Tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more
Tell blind people that they can see,
And set the downtrodden free
And go tell everyone
The news that the kingdom of God has come
Just as the Father sent me
So I'm sending out to be
My witnesses throughout the world
The whole of the world
Don't worry what You have to say
Don't worry because on that day
God's spirit will speak in your heart
Will speak in your heart
The Easter story is a powerful one, but it does not end with the resurrection of Jesus and the restoration of our relationship with God the Father. Jesus is calling us to allow him to work in and through us. The Great Commission is for us all and is made possible by Jesus’ completion of his great mission on earth.
Remember if you create something based on the challenge, leave us a comment and link to your blog or gallery. We love seeing what people create!