THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Age of fear means many people live a life of isolation within communities

Rev David Oxtoby
Rev David Oxtoby
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This day last year, hackers stole about 100,000 personal records stored by the IRS.

Not a month goes by where we don’t seem to hear about personal data being stolen or misused, while we are regularly greeted by headlines suggesting that ‘Big Brother’ is watching.

This simply adds to the age of fear that we live in, where we are constantly reminded of the need to keep our data locked away, and ourselves, just in case.

This culture has put up walls within communities, and led many to live lives of isolation.

Yet there is someone who knows all of your personal data, and knows your whereabouts.

Psalm 139 says: Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Maybe having the right person know everything about us isn’t so bad after all?