Firstly a question – if we found that we had the cure for a deadly disease sweeping the country would it be right to keep this discovery to ourselves, or should we be ready to share this wonderful treatment with as many as possible? Well one would like to think that the answer would be an unequivocal “Yes, share it”. We must not keep this only for ourselves but make the treatment available to everyone.
In our country these days we frequently hear people using expressions of “hopelessness” or of feeling “hopeless” – without hope. Isn’t it sad that so many people are finding themselves in such despairing situations where they can see not even a glimmer of hope?
What are they waiting for? Someone to bring them a candle to lighten their darkness? Or do they need to change their focus away from their own problems, and claim the promise of hope which comes by knowing Jesus, “Jesus the light of the world”. Jesus who said “that whoever follows me will never walk in darkness”. John 8.
This is the blessed hope of the Gospel, and this is the “cure” for any feelings of “hopelessness”. We can know this comfort as a certainty for ourselves, and we need to share this Good News with those around us in Baddesley and beyond.
In the Gospels we read of 2 events in which the disciples are caught in sudden severe storms when crossing the Sea of Galilee – in each case their situation was dire, they were helpless and hopeless – in both incidents Jesus calms the storms by just a word or by his very presence.
In the storms of life we can have this promised hope, for the present times and for eternity. It would be wrong to keep this Good News only to ourselves.