Thought for the week

North Wales Weekly News - - HOSPICE NEWS -

THIS sum­mer my fam­ily and I made our first foray into the world of mu­si­cal theatre, play­ing a small part in a re­cent am­a­teur pro­duc­tion of Good­night Mr Tom, staged at Theatre Col­wyn.

Set at the out­break of World War Two, it tells the tale of two sad, bro­ken souls.

There’s Will, a young, trou­bled evac­uee who be­comes or­phaned and Mr Tom, a rather wiz­ened old man who has never quite come to terms with the loss of Rachel, the wife of his youth.

Thrown to­gether by the ill-for­tunes of war, as the plot twists and turns, they slowly learn to find com­fort in each other.

Themes of re­demp­tion and love un­fold in the face of tears and blood­shed, the tri­umph of hope over ad­ver­sity.

It is a pop­u­lar and heart­warm­ing tale, for all its tragedy, that res­onates with peo­ple of all ages: a dis­tinctly hu­man story.

Trou­ble and con­flict are never far from any one of us, yet we dare to hope for some­thing bet­ter for our­selves too.

Je­sus un­der­stood this when he broke the news of his im­mi­nent death to his dis­ci­ples, recorded in John 13.

It wasn’t the news they were ex­pect­ing, shat­ter­ing the il­lu­sion of the dawn of a glo­ri­ous king­dom.

He com­forts them with these words ‘Do not let your hearts be trou­bled.

Trust in God, also trust in me. I will not leave you as or­phans; I will come to you’.

What­ever life throws at us, we too can draw strength and find so­lace in the prom­ise of God’s pres­ence when we place out trust in him.

Gareth Wil­liams

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