Rowan Jeffrey (Year 10 Team Leader)
What a difficult start to 2020 it has been for our country, with bushfires affecting so many communities, and now with Coronavirus sweeping our world.
Amidst this devastation, I have been encouraged by the messages of love and support I have received in regards to my family that live in Gippsland in the midst of the bushfire season (My Mum and Dad and Sister, husband and her family live just out of Bairnsdale) letting me know people are praying (they were fine).
Perhaps you began this year with a heavy heart. In the midst of grief, sorrow, tragedy or uncertainty, I know our God is a God of hope and restoration. Even when the world is broken and creation is not what we think it should be, I believe that God is at work. In these hard places, God often calls us to be his hands and feet - as ambassadors of reconciliation, healing and hope to others.
As people at times we feel hopeless however, if we choose we can be wired for action, with our eyes open to injustice and ready to respond, we’re aware of just how much our world is crying out for God’s love to be revealed.
Consider, a few weeks ago, Australians and others from around the world were demonstrating a whole lot of love. We were buying goods to be sent to the areas affected by bushfires, we were donating money and putting others first. So what has happened now. Now we’re emptying supermarket shelves, stockpiling rice and pasta, and fighting over toilet paper. In a few weeks, we’ve seen the very best and the very worst of humanity. What we need is more Love. In the bible in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 it speaks of this love:
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails
So in the lead up to Easter, I am excited to explore what it means to be a people of hope and love in today's climate. In the knowledge of our Lord and Savior has risen. May you show love and hope in the midst of crises.
For an added dose of hope, check out Episode 2 of "BHCS Message of Hope" below: