Rejoice, Pray and Give Thanks

This festive season has truly been one of a kind. And throughout the season I have tried my very best to keep my spirits up. I have ensured that I did not let the current atmosphere get to me. I kept my mind joyful and with enthusiasm safely filled our household with as much festive cheer as I could muster up.

But as we passed Christmas and headed into the last week of this year, I started to feel the weight of the pandemic. There are just too many lost loved ones. To many people mourning, too many who are ill and too many who just don’t care to play it safe anymore. And I feel overwhelmed and drained as I’m sure many do too.

The truth of it is that ushering in 2021 will not make COVID-19 magically disappear, we will still have to deal with the 2020 problems in the new year, we will still have the virus, and the restrictions, we will still deal with the fear of what if. Even though the vaccine is at hand, there is still a long way to go before we can say we are completely rid of this horror.

But as I said on Christmas Day, Christ is alive and on the Throne. And as long as there is breath in my lungs I will declare the name of the Lord. We have a hope today, and His name is Jesus. So thank Him today for all His blessings in your life and pray for His comfort to surround those who need it.

So even if you are entering this year, like me tired and drained, listen to the words Isaiah says, and as always, he puts it so eloquently…

‘But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

Isaiah 40:31 NIV

We may not know what 2021 will bring but what we do know is that Christ is with us always and through it all.

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