THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: BY Fr Jonathan Sibley, Vicar , St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton
It has not been an easy Christmas for many people around the country, with flooding and devastation to clear up.
The festive season seems a long time away now and not everyone looks into the new year with joy. For some, it brings fear.
How do we all deal with the concerns the new year may bring? Take a look at 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment.” Jesus frequently reminded his flock to not be afraid. When it occurs to you to fear the future, fear what might happen, fear future suffering, just remember.
Remember that Jesus can save you from the disease of fear.
Remember him and all that he offers you and then whatever trouble you may face, don’t be nervous.
It’s not easy, no one ever said it was, but just know you are not alone.
When Mary and Joseph fled from Bethlehem with a new-born baby into Egypt to escape from Herod, it was a frightening time.
The Lord will always be by our side and we can look into the future with confidence.