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Even When…

Light of the World textile artAs we enter 2021, we all hope for an end to the dark days that 2020 has brought to so many for there is so much uncertainty right now, and perhaps our usual positivity for a year of new beginnings might be waning thin amidst the Covid crisis that wreaks havoc across nations.
Yet, as Christians, we know that there is light in the darkness, there is healing through the hurt, there is hope for the future, all encompassed in the person of Jesus…Saviour, Redeemer, Light of the World.

Ultimately, nothing can keep God’s people from knowing that Jesus is Lord of all.
Not good years, nor bad years or those that are entirely unmemorable  

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? ……No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
(Romans 8:35-39, NLT Translation)

So, taking this to heart, I wonder how, “even when……” at the start of this new year, we might each play a part in declaring such truth to those we meet along the way, intentionally declaring the praise of the Saviour through the way we live our daily lives?

Even If…

Even the Stones will Cry Out textile artJesus himself tells us that even if his followers fail to declare his praises, then even the stones on the ground would declare them.

“…They shouted over and over, “Highest praises to God for the one who comes as King in the name of the Lord! Heaven’s peace and glory from the highest realm now comes to us!”

Some Jewish religious leaders who stood off from the procession said to Jesus, “Teacher, you must order your followers at once to stop saying these things!”

Jesus responded, “Listen to me. If my followers were silenced, the very stones would break forth with praises!”
(Luke 19:38-40, The Passion Translation)

This year, “even if…….” what would we each like to declare about our God, so that others might know him better for themselves?

What do you want to tell people about God?
Tell of how…

(S)He is the colourful creator of the cosmos,
Accessible Architect of all
Compassionate One-
Justice and Joy
Nearer than you think; closer than a heartbeat;
present in the light times, the blackest space and all the grey margins in between
He has your back, leads the way and is by your side,
but never pushes in – always waiting for an invitation first.
She is the instigator of miracles,
adept at fresh starts and generosity beyond all understanding.
God- the Great Gift Giver
He’s in the business of transformation:
Redeeming, resurrecting, restoring, repairing, renovating-
making all things new, wiping out the mess we often find ourselves in.
Closest friend yet all powerful One,
Infinite, Three in One – One in Three,
Forever Father, Servant Son, Supporting Spirit
All Found in the midst of pain
Burden Carrier, Wiper of Tears,
Carrying the Cross
God: perfect love
Relevant yesterday, today and forever
Practical paradox
Mystery

Even Though…

I lift up my eyes up to the hills textile artEven though there is so much uncertainty across the globe, in the lives of so many, Scripture reassures us that,

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” (Psalm 23:4)

How might we intentionally live this daily, through the joys and pain that 2021 will inevitably bring?

How might we ensure that we live each day in God’s strength, not our own, looking to the guidance of Immanuel, the God who is with us?

Whatever 2021 brings, my prayer is that:

  • even when…
  • even if…
  • even though…

we may each prevail, not in our own strength, but in that of the God who is Immanuel, God with us all.

 

 

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