Hope. Are you feeling it?

Were living in challenging times. Feeling hopeful is tough when so many people are struggling and the world looks like an increasingly chaotic place. The crazy, busy and expensive Christmas season, despite being lovely in many ways, illuminates much that is wrong in the world such as poverty, loneliness and consumerism.

Having hope is important for our wellbeing as it focuses on the longings of our hearts.  When we can see no way forward, we lose it. I wonder what you long for? Hope, however, is more than a wish. It is filled with confidence and expectancy.

Christians have hope – a hope in this precious little boy whose birth we celebrate at Christmas and whose life changed the world. We have confidence and expectancy in his love for everyone and that he will help us overcome the challenges in our lives, even when things seem desperate or hopeless. This amazing hope is eternal and a gift for all, generation to generation.

This Christmas, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Rev. Andy Browning.  Minister (Team Leader)