New year, new hope?
Welcome to 2021.
All of us are hoping it will be a better year than 2020. Last year we all felt the frustration of lockdown, being unable to see friends and family. Some of us are grieving the death of loved ones. It all felt pretty hopeless.
As we being 2021, some of that hopelessness has carried on. The vaccine is here, but it will take a while to get everyone vaccinated. Schools have delayed reopening. Hope seems just a little elusive.
The good news of Christianity is for good time and bad times. It is for all kinds of people in all kinds of situations. And it is relevant to all because it is not just about making sense of now but about making sense of eternity.
To be honest, thinking ahead more than a few weeks is a bit of struggle. But the Christian faith helps us take a long view. Life is more than what happens to us today or tomorrow. It is about what happens to us when we die.
Thinking about death might seem a little morbid; but if nothing else, the coronavirus crisis has shown us that it is a subject that at some time or another we'll all have to face up to. We can't deny it, nor can we imagine it is always going to be some way off.
The Christian message offers us hope because Jesus died for us and rose again from the grave. Christmas might have been a bit of a flop in 2020, but Easter is coming (4 April, in case you wondered), and Easter is never a flop because the resurrection of Jesus is always a comfort and hope.
We'd love to tell you more about it. We have an online course called Christianity Explored where you could join us to explore the Christian faith and the hope it brings. Alternatively, if you'd like to read the Bible with someone from the church, we'd be happy to arrange that too. Get in touch with us if you're interested. Or why not join our livestream services and see what church is like?