We need to see the light of hope and bring hope to others

In March last year, we were still in the grips of drought, our nation had been ravaged by bushfires, the new COVID-19 virus had only just started to change the way we live. We had no idea what was to come.
We kept hearing the word “unprecedented” in 2020: 2020 really was unlike any other.
The coronavirus pandemic completely upended life as we knew it, global powers shifted and the killing of an African-American man sparked mass demonstrations around the world.
Even before coronavirus hit our shores, the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires had already left millions of Australians feeling traumatised.
But then, for the first time since 1918, a deadly virus strain ignited a global pandemic.
Within months, the sound of sneezing and coughing made people flinch and facemasks quickly became an essential item. Anxious shoppers turned on each other by panic-buying essential items in supermarkets.
Australia no longer behaved like a united country. As international and domestic borders slammed shut, loved ones were forced to live apart and division between federal and state governments was sparked.
As the clock clicked over to 2021, there was a lot of hype over a New Year and everything would now be different. If we are to believe the media, our hope was pinned on this calendar event.
Is it different?
The New Year has seen us thrust into a more lockdowns across the country, boarders slammed shut, the toilet paper panic continues, and our way of life continues to be disrupted. But, we are faring far better than many others across the globe.
While the pandemic fills our global consciousness, other countries are dealing with natural and man-made disasters and challenges:
  • Indonesia Sulawesi Island, earthquake displacing over 30,000 people
  • Famine brought on by conflict in African countries like South Sudan, will claim millions of lives. 
  • Vanuatu, like other small nations in the Pacific maybe COVID free, however they rely on Tourism for their GDP – with boarders closed no tourist, no jobs, no money for health, education, no Job keeper /Seeker in most countries around the world.
  • Millions are dead from the virus across Europe, America, Brazil
HOW BLESSED ARE WE THAT WE LIVE HERE
There is Hope ….
In all of these places and in any moment in time – there is Hope.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
The hope of new life through a relationship with Jesus. Many people around the world want to hear the essential hope of the gospel. Often in trouble times, people want to connect with supportive faith communities.
It is not the clicking over of the calendar that makes a difference, it is our faith, love and relationships that will bring joyful, purpose-filled living.
All of these things I have mentioned can bring darkness into our lives, lets choose to live a joyful, light-filled life. We need to see the light of hope and bring hope to others.

How will you bring the light and hope into your community?
  Posted March 31, 2021 in Our blog