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Find hope for the future

24th January 2021
 
Rev Rosie Bunn
Rector, All Saints Church, Belton

HOPE
As I started to write this article looking back on 2020, I took a look at what I wrote a year ago. I am going to begin with the final paragraph….
 
So it is in any faith walk with God; we learn to trust through the continued practice and exercise of our faith relationship. It starts with a small step of saying “Yes!” Put your hand into the hand of God, and find HOPE for the future in 2020
 
The year of 2020 has certainly been a testing year. None of us could have imagined what we were going to face when the clocks turned midnight launching us into a fresh decade. This pandemic has brought fear to most, if not all of us. We have suffered loss in so many ways; the people we have known and loved; loss of freedom; isolation and loneliness; poor health and wellbeing; job losses and fear of loss of employment; struggles for businesses to keep going or survive, and so much more
 
In recent weeks we have had the good news of the vaccination being rolled out, and a number of the older members of our community have already begun to receive these; but now we have fresh news that the virus has mutated, and we have had fresh limitations imposed upon us, when we had just begun to hope we were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel
 
Hope…. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that things will turn out for the best; a feeling of trust (I would say in God); a belief that God is for us and not against us; that what is going on will pass, and that the future is in God’s hands. I wonder how you would describe your hope?
 
For me, hope and faith are overlapping realities. I have heard hope described as faith in the future tense. I might not have all the answers, but I know where my future lays. My faith is in God, the God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son, Jesus, so that we could get to know him and learn how much God cares for his people. Reading about Jesus’ life, death and coming back to life in the Bible, helps me understand something of God’s plans for the future of humankind; his plans that gives me hope and a future. For me, the reality of relationship with God, through Jesus; knowing that nothing can separate me from his love, is the basis of my hope, which I share with you
 
As many of you know, I am considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable, and like many have been shielded, and when not I have taken great care to follow instructions to take care for myself and others. There is a passage in Romans chapter 8 that I think is the source of my hope:
 
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; ……”
 
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
 
It is in God’s word that I find HOPE. There are many things that I, personally, am unable to influence or change but I believe in a God who calls me to be rooted in the peace and grace of God; knowing the love of God in Christ Jesus. Through a living relationship with God I am able to trust him for the future; He doesn’t promise to make it free of hardship but he does promise to always be with me in love, support, and encouragement
 
Hope is important to me. It doesn’t stop me feeling frustrated at the situation we are all in currently, but it does help me dig deep for strength to keep going, or to face the difficulties that cross my path. Without hope I would not be able to serve or love in the way that I try to do. We all need hope at this time
 



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Feedback:
walstan (Guest) 25/01/2021 07:07
our great God guided the israilites out of slavery and into the promised land. so he will guide us through all troubles if we trust and hope in Him
veronica baldwin (Guest) 25/01/2021 12:06
Well said, Rosie, an excellent picture of hope in adversity, and great trust in the God who loves up. Very much appreciated,