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Wednesday 27th Jan 21 Stand tall and look up

You will have no doubt seen the appalling statistic that yesterday the UK past 100,000 deaths from Covid-19. Less well publicised is the fact that today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day we remember those who were killed in the Second Word War, six million of which were slaughtered simply because they were Jewish. Although the cause of these deaths may be different, the root is the same. As early as the opening chapters of Genesis, we find that it was due to the sin of humanity that creation was cursed. All suffering then, either through disease of deliberate intent reminds us of our fallenness and our need or salvation.
Toward the end of Luke’s Gospel, the Doctor records Jesus speaking about the end of the age. Jesus lists numerous tragedies that will befall us. He says however these glorious words in Chapter 21:28; ‘So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near’. 
As we watch the news and talk to our neighbours, it is vital that we listen to their stories, appreciate their pain and empathise with their sorrow. It is also essential that as God’s people we stand tall and look up. What a wonderful encouragement for each one of us!
Yours and His, Gareth