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2nd July 2023 - Weekly Noticesheet

Trinity 4 - Hope in uncertain times.


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The rainbow is a symbol of hope in the Bible.

As the calendar flips through 2023, the world seems in dire need of a fresh injection of hope. There is much uncertainty, not a little threat, and considerable suffering. But that isn’t the whole picture. There is also much to celebrate. There is, arguably, still more good in the world than bad.

There would be so much more suffering and unhappiness if it were not for the armies of volunteers who staff and resource children’s, youth and old people’s centres and activities; who raise funds for charities providing services the state cannot afford; who organise food banks and credit unions etc.

We should never let the bad news overshadow the often - unsung acts of peace and goodwill that last all year long. Hope means simply the belief that something good lies ahead.

The Christian gospel is full of hope. Christian hope is not primarily about renewal and restoration in a perfect setting after we die. That promise is there, but biblical hope is as much to do with this life as it is with the next. That is because it is centred on a God who is always active in the world and who purposes the renewal of all creation. We are not passengers on the platform waiting for the delayed train to heaven, but co-workers with the living God in making his world a better place. We are certainly waiting for the return of the resurrected Christ, but all the while we’re called to be making the world and ourselves ready for the perfect makeover he will inaugurate.

Biblically, hope is closely related to faith in God and love (for God, and for others), as in 1 Corinthians 13:13, Romans 15:13, Romans 5:3-5, Hebrews 6:19.

Ron


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