Church of England Diocese of Canterbury Margate St. Philip, Northdown Park

Is there any hope?

Is there any hope?

Absolutely! 

We are living in very difficult days as life for all of has become very strange and strained.

Whatever your life situation, whether you are at home, alone and afraid or busy working, or not able to work for whatever reason - it feels like life may never be the same again. Indeed maybe life itself, for me or for you, may be a lot shorter than we had hoped.

I do not know what the future holds, but I do know who holds the future.

Only God can give us real hope at such an uncertain time as this.

This last week I have been stuck at home with two little girls coughing and spluttering with higher temperatures than they have ever had. The rest of us in the house watched, waited and prayed that they would recover and also with a certain unease as to whether we too would catch whatever they had, whether it was Covid-19 or not. I have prayed and I have cried more than I have for a long time.

I think that all of us are starkly aware of our mortality all of a sudden.

It is time to get serious and to consider what is really important in this life.

And maybe time to get serious and ask ourselves if we are ready to die.

I know this sounds morbid, but tell me that you have not considered your mortality since Coronavirus got serious.

Christians believe that God gives us meaning, indeed that God created this planet and it's people and that He alone has a purpose for it all.

Christians believe that God sent Jesus to show us the way back to Him, as we had lost our way, got distracted and failed to live up to our best intentions for ourselves and this world.

Christians believe that Jesus offers us a way back to God, through the Cross of Good Friday and the empty tomb of Easter Sunday.

We are so sad that we will not be meeting together to celebrate Easter this year but let me assure you, every single Christian will be celebrating the fact that it is because of Easter that we do not fear death.

We are forgiven.

We are given hope, meaning and purpose.

We are given a future, even beyond the grave.

Do I fear death?

Not a bit.

Do I want to suffer?

Not a bit.

Do I trust God for the future?

Absolutely!

Do I think you could have the same hope that I have?

Absolutely!

I challenge you to pick up a Bible and read it.

I challenge you to come and join us when we are back together again.

I challenge you to make contact with a Christian you know and ask them what is the reason for the hope they have.

I challenge you to get in touch with God and your life will never be the same again, however short, or long it might be from this day.

I want you to know HOPE!

God bless you,

Rev Stuart Gay (Vicar of St, Philip's).

2nd April 2020.