Weekly Update – Stand together (3rd March 2022)

On Sunday our family joined my parents at their church near Witney.  The Bible reading was Hebrews 10.  What leapt out at me was the exhortation in verses 23-25.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  

We have been living through some dark times, as a church family, but also as a global family, witnessing the war that’s broken out in Europe.  I was struck by a Tweet I saw that said something, “Against all odds, 2022 has managed to be worse than 2021!”  It certainly feels like this could be the case as we don’t know what future holds for our continent and people fear a global war.

The New Testament writers lived through scary times of suffering and persecution.  They knew that the only real way we can get through what we’re facing is together, with God and with each other.  In the recent storms, it was notable that many trees were blown over.  Those that weren’t were trees that were grouped with other trees.  They stood together, their roots entwined, and this enabled them to withstand the fierce winds.  This is a helpful parable for us in this time, as is the witness of the Christian Community in Ukraine – a service took place in Kyiv on Ash Wednesday, despite the Russian onslaught.  

Let’s stand together. Let’s spend time with God and each other, in worship on Sundays and in fellowship through the week, and by doing so, we’ll help each other to hold on to the hope we profess and be an encouragement to one another.

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