WHAT might 2009 hold for us? The news is bleak and getting bleaker – jobs, homes, mortgages, our savings, shops closing, redundancy – fear, anxiety. Not good – frightening, threatening! Where are we going?
I would say that I am really glad to be a Christian at the moment – that being a follower of Jesus Christ is a huge comfort and relief when the news is dark, bleak and horrible. What is that you say? Yet another whacky Christian talking about Jesus Christ, giving out sweet words and comfort like a packet of Smarties – nice while they last but no real meaning!
Well, maybe! But God HAS promised to be with us, to journey with us, to be:
“Our refuge and strength – an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
After all, He sent His Son Jesus to walk with us – to accompany each one of us through difficult days – to help, lead and guide. Jesus wants to walk with us wherever our world might be going. He wants to give encouragement and strength – and more than that bring blessing and hope. Jesus wants to become our companion but will never force Himself on us. We can choose to walk alone in our struggles or give Him permission – yes please – walk with me!
My experience is that when Jesus travels with you, the load is lifted, the future looks less bleak – the fear is less. I would not want to face 2009 without Jesus.
Thankfully and to my great relief He travels with me. He will travel with you too if you let Him!
Perhaps you recall the great and rousing words by Rodgers and Hammerstein, often sung with great emotion at football matches:
“Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone.
You’ll never walk alone!”
If you choose to walk on with the hope of Jesus in your heart, you WILL NEVER walk alone!
Ann Polson, Solihull Methodist Church