In Baptism, Marriage and in Funerals we become very aware of the greater perspectives of life, beyond the everyday earning a living and paying our taxes. It is an opportunity to remember that there is more in life than just the physical and the temporal. There are many points along life’s journey where sacramental input can make a real difference, and indeed as Christians our affirmation of sacraments is in fact an affirmation that all of life is sacramental.
The traditional approach has been to speak of Sacraments as being ‘outward and visible signs or inward and spiritual grace’ – and often the thing that people miss here is that sacraments point to or declare something – like a road sign may tell you the direction or advise the place you are entering – so sacraments point to God, and declare that we are entering the Kingdom of God.
One of the great privileges of Christian ministry is to walk with people in the times of joy and sorrow that life throws up, and to assure people of the presence love and security of God in Christ Jesus.