We entered 2020 amongst rumours of a new virus emanating from the east but to be honest it wasn’t at that time really affecting us. Within a mere 12 weeks it had changed our world as we like many other countries entered our first lock down. Who in 2019 would ever have foreseen words/phrases like lockdown, social distancing or you’re muted coming to play such a pivotal role in our lives? We all learned both a new vocabulary and a new rhythm of life in 2020.
Entering 2021 we are effectively in another lockdown again but there are differences. The virus is not unknown to us as we have lived with the consequences of it. We know we can survive this lockdown because we survived the last. Most importantly a vaccine is already being rolled out and we all expect to be inoculated at some point in 2021. A phrase I have heard repeatedly over the last few weeks is that finally there is ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.
We Christians know about light with Jesus being the light of the world a central tenet of our faith. You can read about it in John chapter 1, where John writes in verse 5, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.’ Even in the darkest of times when life is most difficult we believe in the light, a light that cannot be extinguished.
Going into 2021 I want to encourage you to actively hold onto that light. None of us knows what this year will bring nor if it will be looked back on as a good or a bad year. However, remind yourself of that verse from John, ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.’
From everyone at Granton Parish Church we pray you will keep that light close to you throughout 2021, that it will be a constant companion and comforter to you and you always remember nothing in this world can put that light out.
God grant you his blessings for the year to come.