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Wednesday 6th January….Hope!

On Monday evening, Tracey and I sat watching the Prime Minister’s Press Conference when he announced a third national lockdown. As he spoke, I felt a real sense of hope in my Spirit. Now this is not a compliment, nor a criticism of the P.M., just a fact. But none of my hope could, in any way, shape or form be attributed to him, his words, nor the predictions of the scientists or immunologists he quoted. Rather, I believe that my hope came from God. As we face a difficult season ahead of us, I want to encourage you through these well-known words from the book of Lamentations. In all probability, these words are written by the prophet Jeremiah, as he laments and mourns over the destruction of Jerusalem. In Chapter 3, he writes: 

The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time,as I grieve over my loss.Yet I still dare to hopewhen I remember this:The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;his mercies begin afresh each morning.I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” (Lamentations 3:23-24) 

Isn’t that wonderful? Nowhere do we find Jeremiah burying his head in the sand, nor denying the awfulness of the situation he views Rather, the sorrow and the suffering that he witnesses leads him to tears. However, despite all this, we see that Jeremiah has hope. Why? Not because he is a natural optimist and possesses a ‘cup half full’ mentality. Instead, his hope is based on the faithful love of God and in his eternal inheritance. 

With this in mind, I encourage you, to allow your heart to be stirred through these wonderful words. 

Yours and His, Gareth