St John & St Mark Church Bury
To know, grow and show the love of God
Isaiah spoke a word of hope and joy that was out of place with the rest of the narrative. A word that wouldn’t wait until things improved.
May the faithfulness of Abraham and Sarah be an example to us so that we too may prove faithful and hopeful in whatever the future holds for us.
No matter how rubbish, how disappointed, angry or frightened we feel, there’s hope. But there’s a challenge for us too. An expectation of us.
God sustained us in the past and will take us through the present and into the future too. But, but, he may do it in a completely new way.
As we’ve seen in response to Ukraine from everyday people in Poland and other European countries – there is enough of that love to go around.
Today is Bible Sunday. There are 39 books in the OT, and 27 in the NT. Appropriately our reading today is from Isaiah, which has 66 chapters.
Jeremiah isn’t often known for hope and consolation. Indeed he has a reputation for being a miserable so-and-so, mournful and sorrowful.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
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