I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to all our readers.
As we look ahead, there are always exciting things to anticipate as well as fears and challenges to face. We know things will change and that for all people – irrespective of religious belief – there is a sense of faith and hope.
Faith may simply be an expectation that life carries on in much the same way as we expect and are used to. For some people, hope relies on the action of others whose past action gives little confidence that such hope is well founded. We hope that things may change, and we hope for the strength and resources to make change.
The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” He goes on to tell the history of the relationship between people and God and the way in which throughout history God has been present guiding and supporting people: sharing in joy and uniting in sorrow.
Faith isn’t about believing in impossible or implausible things. Instead, our faith in God is a faith in the incarnation of Jesus. Jesus, as God in fully human form, experienced joy and sorrow and shares with us as we travel on.
Whatever 2018 holds for you, I hope – indeed I have faith - that you can know the presence of Jesus travelling with you.