On New Year’s Day, feeling I needed to be encouraged, I joined Morning Prayer from Scargill House, a familiar place from my annual retreat. During the service the following verses were read from Paul’s letter to the Colossians, chapter 1, verses 26-27 (The Passion Translation):
‘There is a divine mystery—a secret surprise that has been concealed from the world for generations, but now it’s being revealed, unfolded and manifested for every holy believer to experience. Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!’
What an uplifting passage! Even in the face of the grey weather, the march of Covid and all that currently seems to be wrong with God’s world, Christ in me = the hope of glory!
As we step into 2022, perhaps with some trepidation or reluctance, let’s remember that if we have invited Jesus into our hearts, we have within us ‘a heavenly treasure chest of hope’, which is not only for us but for the encouragement of the world. Let’s make encouraging the world (and one another) with this truth one of our New Year resolutions!
Revd Frances Trickey