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Dear Friends.Kevin Bryant

Is it possible to be happy all of the time? In congregations such as ours, who have perhaps seen a bit of life, the question may seem rather silly. We all know that as we travel through our lives there are ups and downs, times of great joy and times of sadness or difficulty. And yet life as so often portrayed through the media seems to be one of perpetual joy, promoting unrealistic expectations, particularly for young people. Having just written this I must of course state the obvious in that soap operas (EastEnders, Coronation Street, etc) do in fact portray lives filled with arguments, disputes, and misery.

For those of us of faith, the down times can be when we particularly turn to God, a God who listens to our prayers, a God who can be of great comfort. This again isn’t always so simple, that for some people, their personal despair or perhaps mental health is such that they find it really hard to find God at that time. Perhaps they are in a situation in that they may even feel abandoned. At this point we may reflect upon the people of Ukraine and particularly those in the middle of the conflict.

Some of us will turn to Jesus Christ who shines like a light in our darkness. But I sometimes think it is so easy to overlook the Psalms of the Old Testament. A particular favourite of mine is Psalm 57 and in particular the first verse.

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”

Written over two thousand years ago it is still just as relevant, just as beautiful, just as comforting. And so, my dear friends, to all of you, and in particular those who are having a hard time, may you take comfort under the wings of your Lord until the time has passed.

© Kevin.