Baby’s fight shows us need for hope in world

Strathearn Herald - - FESTIVE MESSAGES 2017 -

Amaz­ing, as­tound­ing and mirac­u­lous! Those words came to me when I heard the heart-rend­ing story of a baby born near Christ­mas.

Vanel­lope Hope Wilkins was born with her heart out­side her body. Par­ents Naomi and Dean are filled with hope af­ter Vanel­lope sur­vived three ma­jor heart op­er­a­tions over­seen by chief car­di­ol­o­gist Frances Bu’Lock.

This, in a news pro­gramme that was filled with so much sad news, in­clud­ing the loss of four young lives in a cal­lous fire at­tack on their home. And pre­vi­ously the story of Antarc­tica’s Mount Jack­son be­ing bet­tered by Mount Hope af­ter new satel­lite mea­sure­ments made by Bri­tish sci­en­tists proved Hope the high­est in the South­ern Ocean Ar­chi­pel­ago.

We can say truth­fully with both these sto­ries of Vanel­lope and frozen precipices what we see again ev­ery­where in homes, hos­pi­tals and hills of ev­ery hori­zon - that Hope rises.

It is won­der­ful to share at Christ­mas time that there is still rea­son for hope to be raised and recog­nised through­out the world.

The great­est hope came that first Christ­mas when Je­sus Christ the Son of God was sent from heaven. The world was as cold and dark but with the ar­rival of Je­sus there was and is hope for all mankind. The story of this amaz­ing, as­tound­ing and mirac­u­lous birth of the Saviour Je­sus, causes hope to rise, sav­ing peo­ple from their sins. There is rea­son for each of us, like the par­ents of Vanel­lope, to know, de­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties, of ris­ing hope and re­sound­ing joy in the world.

Hope rises purely be­cause Christ has risen vic­to­ri­ous and glo­ri­ous bring­ing Hope to im­mea­sur­able heights. In the Holy Bible we read in the New Tes­ta­ment He­brews ch10 v23‘ Let us hold fast the con­fes­sion of our hope with­out wa­ver­ing, for He who promised is faith­ful’.

Merry Christ­mas and Happy New Year in 2018.

Ser­vices Satur­day, De­cem­ber 23: Carol singing at the Co-op 10.20-11am.

Christ­mas Eve: Morn­ing ser­vice 10.30am; Can­dle­light ser­vice 6pm Christ­masDay: 10 - 10.45am Sun­day, De­cem­ber 31: Morn­ing ser­vice with Com­mu­nion 10.30am

Rev Jim Newell - Cri­eff Bap­tist Church

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