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Drawn to the light

A community of hope

Something to read

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

- Hebrews 11:8-10.

Something to think about

If you’ve got a few minutes extra today, you might want to read the whole of Hebrews 11, Just before the roll-call of famous figures of faith, the writer offers a sort of definition that roots faith firmly in the hope of what is not (yet) visible.  

For Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that meant living in the space between promise and fulfilment. The image of them living in flimsy tents while looking forward to a city on firm foundations, is powerfully symbolic. I imagine the extended family sat around a campfire on a clear night, telling stories of past encounters with God and speaking into life the future vision.

As God’s people today, we too should radiate hope. We can be pretty good at telling the stories of the past – sometimes a little too good, if we get stuck in nostalgia, yearning for an imagined golden-age of faith. But what about the stories of the future? The sure and certain hope of God’s kingdom fully realised, of justice and peace reigning at last, and the triumph of love over division, is a story worth sharing again and again.

Something to do

As this year begins, make plans for a fundraising event for Christian Aid in the months ahead. Whether you could manage a marathon or prefer food and fun, enlist a few friends and dream big. Give yourself plenty of time to plan ahead!  

Something to pray

God of hope, thank you that your ancient promises stand forever. I offer up to you my nostalgia and my memories, and the things I wish could be as they once were. Fill me with hope for the future, and help me to play my part in bringing it to fruition this year. Amen.

Today’s contributor is Rev Claire Jones