November 2016

November has become the traditional time for remembrance with All Souls, All Saints Day and Remembrance Sunday in the month. This is also the month in which, with the issuing of the Christmas stamps, for the last 50 years my thoughts turn to my Christmas letter and the events of the past year.   Ever since I got married, 50 years ago this year, this has become a regular yearly event and I get down the calendar and look back over the year.   It’s always an interesting time. This year has turned up one interesting fact. I have four grandchildren and the oldest has just gone to university, the next to secondary school, the third to kindergarten and the youngest to preschool. To quote a certain Prime Minister of the past, ‘Education, education, education and education! But there are other events/happens which are recorded. Not all happy memories but in the main the memories are good. As I reflect on the year I remember an email I received about some good news which someone wanted to share and it ended with the words ‘God is good!’ Looking at the events of the year could I actually say ’God is good’ to some of the events? My answer was ‘no’. Ought we to be considering God as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’? We know that God wants the best for us and in that sense he is ‘good’. But ought we to look on God in that way? If we do then aren’t we on the road to disappointment when the news isn’t good? In psalm 46 the writer describes God as ‘being with us, an ever present help in trouble’ perhaps that is how I want to look on God. A God who is faithful. A God who is with us at all times and in all situations. The songwriter, Brian Doerksen wrote these words of his experience of God;


Faithful one, so unchanging
Ageless one, you’re my rock of peace
Lord of all I depend on you
I call out to you, again and again
I call out to you, again and again

You are my rock in times of trouble
You lift me up when I fall down
All through the storm
Your love is, the anchor
My hope is in you alone

I hope that as you look back on the year’s event you too can find the truth that the event of the year mark the faithfulness of God in your journey and through all that happens we can see the ‘goodness’ of God in our lives to help us through those dark and difficult times..