Thought For The Day – Monday 29th June

 Hope or Despair? – Don Brennan

How will you approach the “new normal”? We have a choice as we gradually come out of lockdown.

We can focus on the doom and gloom. The horrendous statistics that were pumped out to us daily. The battles we may have had, or those we know had, wrestling with depression, loneliness, fear, grief and trauma. Yet we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel – politicians are beginning to have a go at each other again – raking over what could have been, should have been. 20:20 hindsight is wonderful!

Remember we’ve also seen the best in people – Capt Tom raising £32 million for the NHS, those prepared to go the extra yard ……. for us, that unexpected kindness, the support we’ve had – maybe even from strangers, even that reassuring phone-call.

We need to remember that as Christians we also have a tremendous hope in and through Jesus. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 NIVUK. This hope needs to be passed on to others.

Jesus never promised to take problems away from us but He did promise to walk alongside us. In quiet reflective prayer let’s ask Him to open our hearts and minds to what we’ve gained not what we’ve lost.

Let’s challenge ourselves with the opportunities the “new normal” will offer and take into it a message of hope not despair. Most of all let’s explore new ways of sharing our hope in Jesus with others

Verse for Today – “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” Psalms 28:7 NIVUK


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