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The reluctant saviour

11 and claraMadame Vastra: The Doctor is not kind.
Clara: No?
Madame Vastra: No. The Doctor doesn’t help people, not anyone, not ever. He stands above this world and doesn’t interfere in the affairs of its inhabitants. He is not your salvation nor your protector. Do you understand what I am saying to you?
Clara: Words.
Vastra: He was different once, a long time ago. Kind, yes, a hero even, a saver of worlds. But he suffered losses which hurt him. Now he prefers isolation to the possibility of pain’s return. Kindly choose a word to indicate your understanding of this.
Clara: Man.
Vastra: We are the Doctor’s friends. We assist him in his isolation but that does not mean appropriate of it.

I trust that by now you will have all enjoyed the 2012 Doctor Who Christmas Special. So allow me to speak freely about it . . . Brilliant!

Clara Oswin Oswald (the souffle girl from the start of series 7) looks set to be a most exciting and challenging companion, quite sure of herself and not dependent on the Doctor’s affections – though she commands them quite easily all the same. What better way to create a memorable opening to the new companion’s adventures than by bumping her off in the first (well, second) episode of her journey! Steven Moffat has done it again, creating a new and impossible mythology for the Doctor and his latest companion, with an extra sprinkling of Sherlock Holmes’ brilliance!

While you are all waiting for the next series to start properly, and avidly looking for clues in re-runs of the trailer, might I take a moment to point out once more how the Doctor and our true Saviour stack up in light of the recent adventure.

Unlike the reluctant Doctor (described in the discussion between Clara and Madame Vastra above) our God is not reluctant to save. He does not give up the task of Protector, Saviour, due to his own personal losses or sadness. He does not sit unmoved and isolated on a cloud, reading a newspaper. To the Doctor’s credit, he did finally overcome his reluctance, come down from his cloud and save the human race once more . . . from ‘memory snow’ of all things. (Who knew such a thing could threaten our very existence – even with a voice as deep as Gandalf’s?)

But our Saviour is not reluctant. Willing he left his throne in heaven, humbled as an infant in shameful circumstances, humbled even to death on a cruel Cross. This is our willing Saviour Jesus Christ. For those of us who now understand the ‘foolishness of the Cross’ He is more than our Saviour; he is our constant guide, companion and friend. He IS involved in the affairs of this world, and especially the lives of those the Father has given Him. Our God is with us!

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About sevennotesofgrace

The author musing here about music, grace and God goes by the name of Ros. I have a husband (married 24 yrs) and three daughters. I've been many things over the years, particularly a mother, high school teacher, church music director and women's ministry co-ordinator. Now I'm back to teaching high school English full-time. All these experiences have come to me from God's gracious hand, and each day I try to remember that! I live in a home among many gum trees in Brisbane Australia. Our extended family includes a white Maremma dog named Mia, two kittens, Simon and Catniss, and one chickens. Why “seven notes of grace”? The grace refers to God’s grace, which He offers to unworthy people like myself. We can freely receive His forgiveness and love. Music is another gracious gift to us: our ability to create, play, sing, communicate with and enjoy it. So the seven refers to the seven notes of the musical scale (yes there are seven, count them A to G) and the notes refers to writing (text and music) and musical notes. I was very relieved when this original blog title finally came to me, which encapsulates so many different aspects of who I am, a musical sinner saved by grace! http://sevennotesofgrace.com/

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