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Hope in the darkness

It is just as well, I think, that we can't see too far ahead along the journey of life. As we move into another new year, many of us will have a mixture of hopes and fears, expectations and anxieties. The truth is that none of us knows what lies ahead. Having said that, as we consider where we are as a nation and as a world, we are faced with huge problems which we as a human race are struggling to address. The almost constant stream of bad news we see on our TV screens can be rather depressing.

I recently came across two quotations which may be helpful. The first is from Anne Frank, a young Dutch Jewish teenager who died at the hands of the Nazis in 1945. In her famous diaries she wrote, "I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains". The other quotation comes from civil rights activist Martin Luther King, who was assassinated in 1968. He said, "Only in the darkness can you see the stars".

The Christian message is one of hope in the midst of despair and light in the midst of darkness. My hope and prayer is that even in the darkest of times we may catch a glimpse of the light.

Steve Clark
Glenfield Methodist Church

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