It appears that we have barely had time to remove the Christmas decorations, before finding ourselves again in the midst of chaos. This week the papers are again full of terrorist atrocities, sexual abuse and politicians scoring points against one another in the run up to the general election.
But, how as Christians should we respond both to the madness that prevails within our own society and to the pressures of our own work and family situation? Although it is all too easy to be caught up in the maelstrom, God wants us to know that it is his word that can still calm the storm. Just as Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves two-thousand years ago (Matt 8:23-27), so he is still able to ‘still’ the wind and the waves in our lives today. Just as wonderfully however, God is longing to bring peace and hope into our lives even though the madness may continue to rage all around us.
Just before again ascending into Heaven, Jesus spoke to his troubled disciples and said; ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid’ (John 14:27). I trust that you would know this peace throughout the year.