Sep 30, 2009

A blessing… and a curse.

A blessing… and a curse.
The roof is falling.  The beams holding up the roof of Holy Trinity Church are rotting very quickly and must be fixed.  The solution?  The architect has proposed a steel structure to carry the weight of the roof.  It has been designed so that the reinforcement will be hidden from view.  It simply must be fixed!
Some buildings become so old that it is better to tear them down and start over again.  It is cheaper (and more green) to rebuild than to restore.  Some buildings have so much historical value that you simply cannot tear them down and start over again.  The White House, Taj Mahal and R. W. Webb Winery come to mind.
But some buildings simply cannot come down.  They must remain standing to the peril of mankind.  Holy Trinity Church might be such a building.  The church, located in Stratford-upon-Avon was built in the 13th century.  It is certainly a historic building.  But more importantly, it is the church of William Shakespeare.  This is the church where he was baptized, where he regularly worshiped, and where he is buried.
Shakespeare did not want to be moved from the church he loved so dearly.  So on his tombstone, you will find the following inscription:
GOOD FREND FOR JESUS SAKE FORBEARE TO
DIGG THE DUST ENCLOASED HEARE.
BLEST BE YE MAN YT SPARES THES STONES AND
CURST BE HE YT MOVES MY BONES
So even if one wanted to relocate the church, who’s going to relocate Shakespeare’s body?  I can see the construction workers all standing around his tomb, “I’m not going to move it.  You move it!”
Of course the inscription doesn’t say what the curse is.  Maybe it’s an untimely death.  But that shouldn’t hold fear for a Christian.  No, the only curse that a Christian should worry about is being separated from God.  To this I am reminded of the wonderful words of Paul from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ultimately, even Shakespeare and his tomb cannot harm us.  We have been bonded to Christ with a love so powerful that the Bard, himself, with all of his curses, cannot break.
Blessings,
Pastor David Hook
The roof is falling.  The beams holding up the roof of Holy Trinity Church are rotting very quickly and must be fixed.  The solution?  The architect has proposed a steel structure to carry the weight of the roof.  It has been designed so that the reinforcement will be hidden from view.  It simply must be fixed!

Some buildings become so old that it is better to tear them down and start over again.  It is cheaper (and more green) to rebuild than to restore.  Some buildings have so much historical value that you simply cannot tear them down and start over again.  The White House, Taj Mahal and R. W. Webb Winery come to mind.

But some buildings simply cannot come down.  They must remain standing to the peril of mankind.  Holy Trinity Church might be such a building.  The church, located in Stratford-upon-Avon was built in the 13th century.  It is certainly a historic building.  But more importantly, it is the church of William Shakespeare.  This is the church where he was baptized, where he regularly worshiped, and where he is buried.

Shakespeare did not want to be moved from the church he loved so dearly.  So on his tombstone, you will find the following inscription:

GOOD FREND FOR JESUS SAKE FORBEARE TO
DIGG THE DUST ENCLOASED HEARE.
BLEST BE YE MAN YT SPARES THES STONES AND
CURST BE HE YT MOVES MY BONES

So even if one wanted to relocate the church, who’s going to relocate Shakespeare’s body?  I can see the construction workers all standing around his tomb, “I’m not going to move it.  You move it!”

Of course the inscription doesn’t say what the curse is.  Maybe it’s an untimely death.  But that shouldn’t hold fear for a Christian.  No, the only curse that a Christian should worry about is being separated from God.  To this I am reminded of the wonderful words of Paul from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Ultimately, even Shakespeare and his tomb cannot harm us.  We have been bonded to Christ with a love so powerful that the Bard, himself, with all of his curses, cannot break.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook