In times like these, we’re reminded of just how fortunate we are to live where we do.
We might consider the plight of those who have recently been affected by extreme weather, such as Puerto Rico, South Asia, and so many more which remind us of our relatively stable climate. Alternatively, we see terrible acts of violence that help us to appreciate the peace that we enjoy here.
Amidst the chaos and suffering we see in the world, we’re reminded that there’s hope. One of those places that we’re reminded of this is in Isaiah 25:
“On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
There’s certainly no shortage of difficulty in this world… but we can have hope because our God has overcome this world.
May we remember that throughout difficulty there’s a hope that is much larger than anything we will encounter here. There’s no thing, writes Paul, that can separate us from God. And so we can celebrate the hope of glory that stands before us. The time when sickness and suffering will be done away with for good.
So as we gather together with our families and with our church, may we remember the many small things we can be thankful for and the single greatest thing we can be thankful for: the gift of life given to us through Christ our Saviour.