Published on: April 2020
So another 3 weeks....... never mind the collective clapping and the collective Zooming etc, I'm ready for the collective screaming!
Seriously though... how are we doing?
There are so many voices out there at the moment giving all kinds of 'insights and advice'.
There's plenty of fake news, bad advice and so-called prophetic voices.
How do we know which to listen to? What is God actually saying to us?
The in-phrase at the moment — in and out of the church — is : 'A New Normal'.
But 'new normal' are not words used to describe temporary situations.
People are saying that life will not return to how things were beforehand — a 'new normal' will take over. There's an element of truth in this — Covid-19 has happened and it can never 'un-happen' — but history shows how times get forgotten and how easily people slip back into old ways. Right now we don't know what 'normal' will be in the future; that will mainly depend on decisions made in governments, new laws implemented and how nations recover economically; and how we as the people of God adapt, and continue to present the Gospel of Salvation.
What we do know is that in and through Jesus the Christ, we live in the victory of the Cross. Easter and the events which followed, give proof of this.
Times may change but we continue to live for Him, and follow the way of Jesus, through whatever storms rage around us; knowing he is our strength and our salvation, our peace, our joy, our ever present help in times of trouble. Because our God is unchangeable. His promises hold true yesterday, today and tomorrow.
An important question is: are we living out the 'new normal' which happened when Christ Jesus called us to himself, when we first believed in him?
This is our test of faith in how we live in these changeable and challenging days.
May God our Father bless us, and Jesus our Saviour save us, with the power of the Holy Spirit who protects and inspires us.....
Reading: Colossians 1:15-23
Hymn: At the name of Jesus
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