Hope For The Future

This week I took a walk to St Mary’s Church to see the beautiful covering of snowdrops in the churchyard. By the time this article is published, the snowdrops will be a fond memory and the crocus will have taken over, with the spikes of daffodils ready for the next stage of spring.

I think the spring flowers, more than any others, give us that sense of hope for the impending warmer weather and lighter evenings – perhaps even a holiday! This year, of course, that hope extends even further as the Covid-19 vaccinations are rolled out and we can hope for a time when we will be able to move around freely once more. I think it will be even longer before we drop the facemasks and hand gel.

We can be pretty certain that our hopes for long, warm summer days will definitely come to pass, but the Bible has a different definition for hope. The writer to the Romans wrote, ‘but if we see what we hope for, then it is not really hope. For who of us hopes for something we see?’.

Let’s face it, if we know what’s coming, it’s really wishful thinking, and although the hope God gives us isn’t specific, it does promise a future of security and certainty, and that is definitely worth looking forward to.

Rev Margaret Rittman
Martlesham with Brightwell

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