When I wrote the weekly news for last week I quoted this:
I get locked down, but I get up again; you ain’t never going to keep me down…!
Of course when I wrote the article (before Christmas) – I really didn’t know that we would be in a new national lockdown again. But here we are!
Home schooling, Joe Wicks on line PE – the memories of March are there for us all to see. But there is hope. There is a vaccine being rolled out – but (as the Bishop of London said) we have “a deeper hope” in our God.
Lamentations 3 says:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
However you feel – disappointed, relieved, frustrated or just numb – we need to realise that God is with us. We call His name “Emmanuel” – literally “God with us”.
Having celebrated Christmas we have heard the word. It’s part of the angel chorus sung around the shepherds. But in this days we need not only to hear the word, but to live the word – and truly realise that whatever we go through – as individuals, as families, as a church or as a nation – as followers of Christ we truly have God with us.
Of His mercies there is no end. His love never ceases. In all that we are doing, may we remember and celebrate the truth that is Emmanuel.