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Apr 12, 2019

Uncertain times?

I am just about old enough to remember decimalisation. Or perhaps I should say that I have only a faint recollection of what a shilling, farthing, guinea etc is! I am sure that many of you who read this will be quite the opposite and will have spent many years of your lives working with currency that is now no longer current and usable. Times change.

And what about Brexit? Three years ago we were faced with decisions about our future as a nation and whether we were ‘part of Europe’ or just ‘a close friend’. In his programme on BBC “Europe-Them or Us”, Nick Robinson said at the time:

“Many voters feel baffled, dazed and angered by the confident, yet contradictory, assertions of the two sides in this debate. I tell them: “Sorry. No can do. I am not able to give you the answers you crave.” There can be no facts about the future, only predictions. Having said that, though, there are some facts when it comes to the past”.

I am glad of that. I am glad that we can look to the past and learn the lessons of those who have gone before us. I am glad that we have traditions and a history that teaches us how to live life and make the most of it for future generations. I am also glad, and confident, that there are some truths that will never change and principles that we must always hold onto as dear and precious- unchanging and permanent. One of the most fundamental of these is best illustrated from The Bible in the writings of the prophet Jeremiah:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”

At the time of writing who knows where we will be in six months- with another Brexit extension, a new Prime Minister, a new government and post general election? I do know that we and our children and grandchildren will live with the consequences of it for many years to come. But we can be assured that God will always be seeking our best interest, encouraging us to seek Him so that we will find ‘our hope and our future’.

Revd David Swannack


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