|Sally led one of the prayer slots at Thurrock Pentecost 2017 on Saturday 3 June. She made it an interactive and prophetic exercise. Here is what she said…
The sight of many small shiny metal looking canisters intrigued me.
Car parks in Stanford are littered with hundreds of them. I found out they are actually used in the catering trade to put air into cream for chefs to make whipped cream. People have found that if the gas is inhaled they can have a 5 minute high.
The Nitrous Oxide gas canisters can be ordered on line for about 30p each. Inhaling the gas affects coordination, so accidents and most fatalities occur when people risk crossing roads, fall or faint. It is not the most dangerous activity, but it can’t be described as safe, even though it’s listed as a legal high.
Walking through the town, what bothered me is that young people find that sitting in a grubby car park, taking tasteless gas for a 5 minute high, is the best they could find or we could offer.
Car parks are not cool places in anyone’s book. We don’t have so many places to hang out here – not even coffee shops or youth clubs. Hardy Park (in Stanford-le-Hope) has been reclaimed, but the options are very limited.
But let’s not get all condemning of our youth, as they are in fact ‘His workmanship created for good works’ and ‘They are fearfully and wonderfully made’.
To date, some have not discovered that God promises so much for them. They just want a moment of escape from where they are.
Consider the start of their story, in fact the start of our story too.
Genesis 2 says, ‘God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life.’ The man came alive – a living soul!
That’s the breath they – our young people – are made for, their Maker’s breath.
Eden is the place of acceptance and love – I think that’s their longing. Just like we do sometimes, these young people are longing for Adam’s divine breath.
The Bible uses the evocative imagery of breath often…
Here we have life-giving breath that takes ‘slain bodies’ and breathes life into the corpses – and raises up an army with energy and purpose.
Deep down, the ‘gas canister’ young people are seeking out is the life-giving, purpose-giving breath – not this mini-temporary high.
For the rest of this month, please…
Afterwards, as an act of replanting these words back into the community and the youht culture of the borough, the cannisters were placed back where they were found.
|Sally Harman, 09/06/2017|