Tom Writes..

Tom Writes...January 2019

Happy New Year, and may 2019 bring unexpected blessings to you!

January is often regarded as a downbeat and depressing month, in the aftermath of Christmas and with much of the winter still before us. This year I imagine we will be in uncertain times as we continue to work out our relationship with continental Europe, and that may add to any glum feelings around!

It’s a good time then for Christian community to ask ourselves what it means to be salt and light at a time like this! How can we season our relationships and our conversation to improve the mood around us?

In the New Testament, we read the following in 1 Timothy Chapter 2 …

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. 

Will you ensure that every new morning we wake to in the new year, you will begin by asking God’s blessing of strength, graciousness, wisdom and discernment upon all who serve in parliament and in the civil service?

If we can pray, without rancour or cynicism, then not only can we believe our prayers will be efficacious, but they will also have the effect of creating a better mood in us – which by God’s grace may prove contagious!

We live in a world which is becoming ever more divided. At the very time when technology and travel make it possible to come together as never before as one human family, we are in danger of growing ever more separate. As we move towards the deadline of 29th March 2019, however(or even if) we leave the European Union, we will still be left with a country with new fault-lines and there will be a need for healing.

The same passage from 1 Timothy goes on in verse 5 to say: ‘For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem the whole human race.’

Reconciliation and restoration are key elements of the Christian story as mankind is brought back into relationship with God through the gift of Jesus.

Reconciliation and restoration are therefore key elements of the Kingdom Jesus is building – and should be key defining characteristics of the church he established.

Reconciliation and restoration should be high on the agenda of every Christian person – as we seek to be effective, life changing disciples of Jesus.

Praying for – and becoming – agents of reconciliation and restoration will lead us to being salt and light in the world!

 I shall say it again, Happy New Year, and may 2019 bring unexpected blessings to you!