For too many, 2020 was a really dark time with so many unknowns it was challenging to maintain a positive outlook. The one consolation is that the darker the atmosphere becomes, the brighter the light shines in the darkness because nothing is hidden, everything comes into sharp contrast.
“For God who said ‘Let brilliant light shine out of the darkness’
is the one who has cascaded His light into us – the brilliant
dawning light of the glorious knowledge of God as we gaze into
the face of Jesus Christ” 2 Cor. 4:6 (Passion translation)
2020 certainly brought to the fore many people who ‘shone’ in their heroism and humanity, walking the extra mile to help the sick, vulnerable and isolated. We are so grateful to them for their sacrifice.
For Christians, this was an opportunity to allow Christ to shine through them as they displayed the heart of God to others.
When reflecting on the year ahead I was inspired by the sight of miles of stonewalls running through Irish farms and fields. Layer upon layer of different shaped rocks nestling together forming a unified structure and enduring through all weathers and seasons without mortar or apparent fixings. It was a beautiful sight but an encouraging one as well as it reminded me of what is possible when we not only work together in unity but also hold the position we have been placed in. Reminiscent too of the call in scripture to come and be built as living stones into a spiritual house, held together in unity by His spirit. It fills my heart with hope for the future. The knowledge that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves that has strength, purpose and direction. We are stronger together than when we stand alone, particularly if we allow the life and light of Jesus within.
Hope Trust Team