One of my favourite hymns is John Bunyan’s hymn “To be a pilgrim”
John Bunyan, was arrested in 1660 for preaching without authority, and put in prison for more than 12 years.
While there, he wrote his famous book Pilgrim’s Progress. It is a story of a man’s journey to the celestial city; a journey that is full of adventures and difficulties. It is also a story of the Christian life, of all the adventures and challenges we face and the encouragement to keep our eyes fixed on God.
In the book the words of the hymn are spoken by Mr Valiant-for-truth to Mr Greatheart to remind him, and us, that when we put our trust in God, he will help us through even the most terrifying situation.
We probably won’t meet a hobgoblin, or a giant, or have to fight with a lion, which the hymn describes- although some things in life can be just as frightening. But we know God is with us and will see us through every step of our life’s journey.
Whatever is going on in your life, be assured that God is there with you as you put your trust in him.
By Judith Satchel, Methodist Church, Representing Churches Together in Dewsbury. To contact CTiD please ring 01924 454750 or 457057.