There has not been a lot of good news around recently. Headlines have been filled with terrorist attacks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, Paris was hit with the fire at Notre Dame, and in Waltham Forest, the London Borough where I live, knife crime has rapidly increased and in the last few days two young women were abducted and raped.
Yet in the midst of all this bad news my borough had cause to celebrate. Leyton Orient, the football team I was taken to watch by my dad and whom I’ve supported ever since, came top of the National League winning promotion to the Football League. I joined with other supporters celebrating this achievement. But as I did so I reflected on how transient such celebration of a football team’s success is. Next year they could have a mundane season, or even worse be relegated.
In contrast, as a Christian, I’ve found the love of God to be permanent. The Old Testament of the Bible tells me that it endures forever
(Psalm 136:1) and the New Testament shows that nothing can ever separate me from God’s love
My own personal experience bears that out. In a world that is full of negativity, brokenness, and bad news, the one thing that has kept me from despair is the consistency of God’s unfailing love that is sure yesterday, today and tomorrow. Now that’s something worth celebrating.
Have a celebratory week,