As we embark upon 2019, our country is in an unprecedented state, one giving rise to much anxiety, in which we are faced with the most significant of decisions for at least a generation. As the Brexit debate continues, it is very unclear what the future will hold. It is not only parliament that is very divided, we are divided as a country. The referendum, which was supposed to settle the issue, seems to have given rise to hostility as well as division.
In situations such as these, I find the words of Psalm 46, which have given solace to people for thousands of years, of great relevance: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.’
Whether or not we feel able to put our trust in God, one thing is clear: there is an overriding need for us to come together as a nation in this coming year and beyond. Reconciliation is at the heart of the Christian faith: Christ came to reconcile us to God and to one another. Human reconciliation is essential for the well-being of our society, the communities within it and ourselves. whether or not we have faith.
I hope and pray that we shall all be able to work for that reconciliation and the common good in the months ahead.
May God bless you richly in 2019