Dear Friends

At the close of one year and the opening of another, the passage of time leaves its mark upon us. We are another year older and families have seen many changes. Some leaving home to take up new opportunities, the loss of loved ones moving onto greater glory and so on. Even the landscape of our congregation is inescapable to the changes that society challenges us with. The world presents itself now in ways that probably ten to fifteen years ago would have not even been considered. As we commence our journey into the new year, the question for all of us is, where do we find the rock which shall remain unmoved by the events and circumstances that life throws at us? Paul would say; “We will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” Ephesians 4: 14.

 

A new year will inevitably bring about change in one form or another and our fear of change is more to do with what we might have to give up and how it impacts on our life.  We will now be experiencing changes to our political landscape and an uncertainty of the nations credibility being played out within the worlds political arena. Sudden change for any of us, as James reminds us, is the very nature of life; “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow” James 4: 13-14. Life is a journey with many unpredictable moments and why James warns us to be cautious and not to be influenced by the scheming motives of the world, what we ought to be saying is if it’s is the Lord’s will, we will live doing what we are being called to do in God’s name. The work which Christ completed in his glorious person as “Emmanuel, God with us”.

The events of our life may be uncertain, but one thing we can be sure about is the assurance that God will never leave us and is our one constant throughout.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future Jeremiah 29: 11

May God bless you all in 2020!

Martin