Hope as we look back on 2019

New Year message from Norman

Looking back on 2019, our country has faced many decisions which shape not only who we are but who we will be.

We had elections that led to joy and despair for different people with celebration and mourning depending on the outcome for you. We had terror attacks in London and Manchester. There was flooding in Northern England. Some of the highest temperatures ever recorded in the British Isles were seen. More people used foodbanks than ever before.

All in all, the year was not without its events. As we pass into 2020 it’s important to remember that behind each of these events lies their impact on people. Each headline translates into lives lost, families affected, and people struggling.

Amongst all of this we have the birth of a baby boy to a poor family in Bethlehem who would go on and change the world. Emmanuel, God with us.

We may put the trees and the nativities away. We need to make sure we don’t put the baby away for another 11 months.

It was for these very situations that Jesus came into the world; that he might redeem his people whilst demonstrating God’s love to his creation.

Remember that as you look back, hold onto that as you look forward!

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its saviour. John 3:16-17