I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
At this time of year, we often look back and may be glad to see the end of the old year, and look forward to the New Year with hope and a feeling that things will be different and better, but this time it all seems a little different. We still seem to be in limbo, with the New year starting as the old one finishes with restrictions still in place of what we can or cannot do because of Covid 19.
Hopefully as you read this the vaccine for Covid 19 is starting to be given to people, but it will still be a while before we are doing all the things we used to do. As a Christian I can take heart in Psalm 150: verse 5 that there is hope as the psalmist said, that if we wait on the Lord things will get better, it is in Gods time and not ours, that as we wait and God is doing marvellous things. He has worked through the scientists to bring us the vaccines. He has worked through our Drs and nurses and other health care professionals to bring us care, God has also worked through others who have supported us in many different ways. Because of all that, even when we are in the darkest of places we can look forward with hope.
Even though at the moment things may not seem to be getting any better there is hope that it will, and we will move on past this year and it will become a distant memory, and hope will turn into all that we wish for ourselves and our loved ones.
Happy new year.
Rev'd Robert Sheard
United Reformed Church Minister of Stowmarket, Debenham, Stowupland, Mendlesham & Haughley