A Special Eventful Year!!
There will be a number of calendar dates that will cause to make this year a memorable one.
April 14th will be remembered as 100 years since the Titanic fatefully struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage and over 1500 people lost their lives.
July 27th sees the opening ceremony of the London Olympics (last seen in the UK in 1948)
February sees the start of our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (ascending to the throne on 6th February 1952) culminating in an additional holiday on June 5th when no doubt nationally and locally, many celebrations will be held in cities, villages and streets. The majority of the population will have only lived under the reign of the sovereign Queen Elizabeth II who we are told “went up a tree as a princess and came down a Queen” whilst on a visit to Kenya’s Aberdare National Park. We are told that the Queen will commemorate the day visiting a school near Sandringham and include a private act of solemn worship.
It is extremely unlikely that we will meet our nation’s sovereign; it is incomprehensible that we will ever know our Queen personally. Yet the God who created and sustains the world and all that is in it is a righteous, providential and loving God, who we can know and experience a personal relationship with. We can read some of this in Romans 5 verses 1 -11.
God’s salvation of His people is His deepest and most amazing demonstration of His goodness and love. Probably the most famous verse in the Bible (John 3 verse 16) expresses the heart of this love gift from God. The gift is even more extraordinary in that God demonstrates His own love in that, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. This unmerited nature of God’s love can be summarised in the word’s mercy and grace.
In 12 months time, we may look back on the events of 2012 – many things we will soon forget, they will become a distant memory (until maybe the next anniversary date), but we all need to continually day by day grasp and dwell on how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.
If you want to find out more about the love of God, or God has been challenging you why not make 2012 a Special Eventful year for “you”.
It could be the year you became a Christian, or the year you were challenged as a Christian, maybe the year you were baptised or became a church member or was obedient to serving God in some way.
If we can be of help, why not speak to one of the deacons?