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This devotional thought appears on the front page of the January 2019 edition of Park Life magazine.
Happy New Year – more or less?
As we come to the end of another year and the beginning of 2019, I am intrigued by the ease with which I can use the contrasting words MORE and LESS in the same thought.
2018 - MORE is known about:-
- Our wonderful world and the animals, thanks to David Attenborough
- Space, with the Mars landing
- Our weather and climate and our environment
- Advances in medical science
- Technology in general
- Enabling driver-less cars and ships
- Video calls from personal mobiles across the world,
- Instant access to information and services
2019 - LESS is known about:-
- The effects of plastics and other waste
- The effects of climate change on the environment
- Collapse of businesses and town centres
- Conflict, violence and destruction
- Abuse of technology
- World (and European) relationships -one of the most commonly used words in the news in December has been ‘uncertainty'
These are great days: Exciting! Amazing! Uncertain! Frightening
All true at the same time. In times like these it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. Isn’t it wonderful that we do know our God is unchanging in all the storms and trials of life and that come what may in the next year, He always loves us and cares for us?
As Paul wrote to Timothy, “For I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to safely guard all that I have given him until the day of his return”. (2 Tim 1v12)
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
No one but God knows what the future holds, but as we go into 2019, it’s important for us to be fully persuaded that God leads us on our journey. God is already there right throughout 2019 because He goes before His people. God promises to be with us no matter what happens this year. We will have all the time we need to do all that God wants us to do.
HAPPY NEW YEAR - Relax - He’s in control!
Past Focus Items
December 2018 - The Supporting cast
November 2018 -Collaboration
October 2018 - Do We Trust Him?
September 2018 - Community Outreach
July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible
June 2018 - Barnabas
May 2018 - Living Bricks
April 2018 - Togetherness
March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing
January 2018 - Moving On
December 2018 - Christmas Lights
November 2017 - Autumn
October 2017 - The Red Box
September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2
July/August 2017 - Summertime
June 2017 - Steering the Boat
April 2017 - Change Ahead
March 2017 - One Way - Jesus
January 2017 - Beyond the Fog
December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God
November 2016 - Autumn
October 2016 - Questions
September 2016 - Olympic Values
July/August - Follow the Leader?
June 2016 - Passports and Priorities
April 2016 - The Power of Love
March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent
February 2016 - What's At The Core?
January 2016 - The New Year
November 2015 - Back to the Future
October 2015 - Autumn
September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes
July/August 2015 - Summertime
June 2015 - Free Gifts
March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall
February 2015 - Distance Management
January 2015 - Changing Perspectives