“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city into which I have carried you”
Hello everybody, as I am sure you will all know and expect, all activities related to the Melling Baptist Community Hub have been cancelled until further notice. If, however, you have a particular need or question at this strange and difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact us via our email address and Jo will reply within a short time.
Please do check each day for a new thought and encouragement on Sunrise which we hope and pray will help you during this time.
"From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same,
the Lord's name is to be praised"
I have never really been a fan of poetry; although I like things that are expressed poetically, but on Wednesday, along with millions of others, I sat transfixed as a young woman from Los Angeles delivered a poem at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. For the few minutes that she stood in the biting cold of a January afternoon in Washington, offering a message of hope to a country currently bitterly divided, I was completely mesmerised. Her words perfectly captured this moment in history. She articulated the difficulties faced by a nation polarised by dogma, yet she offered the hope of meaningful change.
Twenty-two year old Amanda Gorman is the National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States. Like her newly inaugurated president, she has suffered for years with a speech impediment, yet she stepped up before the world and delivered a perfect rendition of her poem; never faltering, never missing a beat and leaving any who chose to hear her words with a hope that change and healing is indeed possible.
The closing lines of her poem ring true not only for America, but for us all;
“For there is always light; if only we are brave enough to see it; if only we are brave enough to be it”.
As Christians, we have identified that light. It is Jesus Christ. In case there be any doubt, Jesus himself states very clearly, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Being brave enough to see the light simply means setting aside the things that might cloud our vision and remaining true to what we know to be the truth, but Jesus also challenges us to be the light; “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”.
By being the light, we achieve much more than simply doing good deeds for others. We point people towards the source of the light. We acknowledge that the light does not come from us, but from God. He is what compels us to share the light, He is the source of all good things, He is our guide and comforter. He is with us now and has been with us always, lighting our way through whatever darkness we find ourselves in. He will continue to walk with us; to be our hope; always - “For there is always light”.