Do you remember your first day at school? Being left there by the parents who had always been with you before? I also remember my first day at secondary school, being without any of my old friends from Primary school.
But funnily enough, the far bigger step of leaving home for the first time at 18 was made considerably easier by one thing that had happened in between – I had put my faith in Jesus, surrendered my life to him, and now I knew like I’d never known before, his hand upon me, he was with me, I wasn’t on my own.
As we start 2019, some of you may be starting the new year alone for the first time in many years. Others may be worried about Britain being alone, leaving the EU.
If you are a Christian already, remember that God has said, “Never will I leave you never will I forsake you”. I can tell you from experience that as you put your trust in him, you will find that to be true.
If you have never taken that step to invite Jesus to forgive your sins and be Lord of your life, why not do it now, and know the reality of his loving hand upon you? And don’t be frightened of crossing the threshold of a church, and meeting friendly people there!
As regards the country, who do we put our trust in for the future? The EU? Ourselves? No! Let us do what we did at times of crisis in the past, and put our trust once again in God, who has blessed us so much. When the king called the nation to a day of prayer in 1940, they were asked to return to God in a spirit of repentance. God heard their prayers and the “miracle of Dunkirk” followed. As a prophet once said to a king in the Bible, “The Lord is with you when you are with him.” I think I would rather trust God than the EU or any British politician!
May God be with you this new year. Rev. Richard Towle.