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We don’t walk away

imageCLARA: Why are we walking away? We can’t just walk away. This is my fault! I talked her into doing this.
DOCTOR: Listen. There’s one thing you need to know about travelling with me. Well, one thing apart from the blue box and the two hearts. We don’t walk away.

I just picked up this great little picture on a fleeting facebook post from a Who fan. Though I haven’t yet made comment on any of the newest series with companion Clara, I must say there is a clear parable here. In “The Rings of Akhaten” (series 7/2) the Doctor’s advice to Clara encourages us to be more than determined in our efforts to help others, in a world where selfless actions are not always applauded or rewarded. Even when it would be so much easier to give up, to walk away, the Doctor refuses to do so. He rescues the Queen of Years, and similarly Clara rescues the Doctor from the giant ball of flames that threatens to consume his soul.

This is the same advice we hear from the ‘Ancient of Days’, one of many titles owned by Jesus Christ. This is His teaching, which we know as the parable of one good Samaritan. Though he was considered worthless by the Jews, he persisted in his efforts to help a fellow human in need, even when pious and religious others had declined the opportunity! (Find this parable in Luke’s Gospel, chapter 10 from verse 30.)
The Doctor and Jesus bring us this challenge together: never give up in helping our neighbour. Never walk away! Who do we know who is in need, neglected, abused, outcast? Have we chosen our own comforts over theirs. Have we walked away, deciding that the situation is just too difficult? Who could do with our persistence?
Looks like we will be in for plenty more exciting rescue missions with this persistently helpful Doctor and the impossible Clara!

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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/

5 comments on “We don’t walk away

  1. Just shared this on my blog. Thanks for your insight.

  2. […] (series 7/7).  This episode received some mixed reviews, and I’ve only made comment on the Doctor’s determination not to “walk away”. But this writer poses some interesting questions about the episode and the portrayal of a true God. […]

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