We are moving into 2014 with all its opportunities, although so many people are in despair, with waterlogged homes, and who have lost much over the Christmas period. 2014 holds little for those trapped in war torn countries like Syria and for those surrounded by want and illness. So what Hope is there for those who are living in these situations of fear? The Bible tells us that perfect love casts out fear; and that this is only found in Jesus Christ.
Being a Christian does not shield you from problems and difficulties, there is no promise of protection but there is a promise of His presence. He gives inner peace in the midst of all our struggles, He gives us love in loveless situations and Hope in our darkest moments. He gives us the ability to help others even when we have problems. We are given this by the power of The Holy Spirit to reach, encourage and support others. In 2014 let us look beyond our own problems to see how we can help others to grow in faith, live in love and be a helping hand, give a supporting word to others and pray for each other.
Alan Evans Representing Churches Together in Dewsbury. To contact CTiD please ring 01924 454750 or 457057.