This Month's Message
My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi
Reverend Jane Holmes
Light and Life
With February gone the cold dark winter months are behind us at last!! How we have longed (well I have) for the warmer days of Spring bringing with them light and new life.
But it seems to me that it’s not only the weather that has been cold and dark lately. The world seems to be a more unstable and darker place than ever before.
We are witnessing massive movements of people around the world, continuing wars in the Middle East, terrorist acts and threats, Brexit, and now, to cap it all, Donald Trump!
What on earth does the future hold for us?
We all long for a brighter, safer future for ourselves, for our families, our children, grandchildren and indeed for the whole world. But there is so much uncertainty and insecurity. Is this something new, or has it always been like this? The world has been through troubling times before and come out the other side but now, somehow, the stakes seem so much higher. Donald Trump has been described as “the most powerful man on earth” – heaven help the world!
I offer you some thoughts to reflect upon this month as we travel through Lent. Lent covers the weeks running up to the poignancy of Maundy Thursday and the pain of Good Friday before the joyful celebration of Easter Day. Lent is a good time to slow down and ‘take stock’.
Christmas has long gone but back in Jesus’ day – the first Christmas – life was pretty difficult then too. The people were surrounded by soldiers, crushed and oppressed by a new and Mighty Power – the Romans. Everyday life was a struggle for ordinary people and the future must have seemed bleak.
Into that uncertainty came Jesus – quietly and almost unnoticed – well it’s true, a handful of shepherds noticed and a few wise men from the East – but practically everybody else missed this world changing event. The arrival of the ‘Light of the World’ – come to save the world – bringing light and new life. The mighty power of God at work on earth! There is no greater power than this and Jesus’ power is still alive. It is a different kind of power, it is not power over people but the power to love all people and help them to love one another ‘as He has first loved us’.
Jesus came to show us a different way; a way based on love, peace and justice for all; and if the world is to be a brighter and safer place for all of us to live in then perhaps His Way is the one to try. It's not easy – but then He never said it would be!
Some final words in a famous quote from G K Chesterton to ponder on this month:
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and left untried".
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