The Rector Writes - January 2019

"May you live in interesting times"

The famous Chinese curse seems too often to fit our own times perfectly.

As we stand at the beginning of another year looking forward to what it may hold, there are any number of questions, things that seem in flux.

What will our relationship with the European Union be like? Who will be Prime Minister? Or, on the international scene, what will happen between China and America, or Russia and Ukraine?

Pretty much the only constant around us is change.

And that is just as true with the people around us: the father who used to carry you on his shoulders now needs help to get out of a chair; the partner with whom you dreamt of spending your life have shattered the hopes you built together; the friend who was a constant presence is nowhere to be seen.

If only there was something or someone constant on whom we could rely.

The Bible says of Jesus, "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

He alone does not change - the Jesus who shows his power over the chaos of the storm, has the same power over the chaos of our loves today.

The Jesus who demonstrates His right to forgive sins, can forgive even my sins today.

The Jesus who shows His compassion to those whom society rejects and despises, has compassion on us in our failings.

This year, why not get to know the Jesus you can rely on.


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