Mak­ing our way in a weary world

Truro Daily News - - FAITH - Ken Banks Ken Banks is the lead pas­tor at Connection Church in Truro.

By now, you have gone through the chaos of shop­ping, the busy­ness of host­ing, cook­ing, overeat­ing and gift giv­ing. Or per­haps this year you spent a quiet Christ­mas, away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the sea­son – or at least as best as you could.

I heard one gen­tle­man share last week, in a hope­ful tone, if it was Dec. 26 yet.

No mat­ter if you love Christ­mas or loathe it, it in­deed can be a hec­tic time of year. Even for those who may not cel­e­brate, the malls and shops, gro­cery stores and streets are much busier than usual. It can cre­ate a sense of stress for many. It can be, in a very real way, a time of weari­ness.

Yet be­yond just the Christ­mas sea­son, life it­self can be a weary jour­ney.

As we pre­pare to turn the page on an­other year, let me ask, how has 2018 been for you?

Per­son­ally, I have had loved ones pass away; friends whose fam­i­lies were placed in life-or­death dan­ger; and great sick­ness a ect­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

All has not been weari­some, thank God – for some years are lled with heart­break more so than oth­ers – but more likely than not, your year, as has mine, has seen its share of both tri­umph and tragedy.

Tri­umphs are great. We revel in them. We are thank­ful for them.

It is the tragedies that are hard to take.

Sadly, sooner or later, ev­ery per­son is faced with some sort of per­sonal sor­row or di culty. We live in a world with trou­ble. We may get a call about the ac­ci­dent. We might get word of a heart at­tack. We may lose our source of in­come. Our home life may be a wreck.

Un­for­tu­nately, we live in an age where weari­ness has be­come a part of our daily lives. rough fo­rums such as so­cial me­dia, we are able to hear and see global tragic events in­stantly. is, in and of it­self may have some bene t – but to a world that is al­ready weary from per­sonal and lo­cal cri­sis; it can add to our al­ready stressed mind and body.

We con­tinue on, day af­ter day, work­ing, rais­ing fam­i­lies, eat­ing, drink­ing and oc­ca­sion­ally try­ing to be merry. But at the end of the day, we hope for a bit of a respite from the of­ten weary world we nd our­selves in.

Like the old bath prod­uct com­mer­cial used to say, “Cal­gon, take me away!”

It would seem that too of­ten we deal with our weari­ness by mask­ing the real is­sues with some form of tem­po­rary rem­edy. It may be a sub­stance, a per­son, a thing – but ul­ti­mately, tem­po­rary reme­dies are just that.

But may I sug­gest that there is hope be­yond the tem­po­rary?

No, I am not sug­gest­ing that I know how to elim­i­nate stress or weari­ness. Nor do I have some se­cret elixir that will ease your pain.

The old and beau­ti­ful carol, O Holy Night, how­ever, has this won­der­ful line within: “A thrill of hope, the weary world re­joices, For yon­der breaks a new and glo­ri­ous morn.”

Oh, how I love hope! A fam­ily mem­ber of mine just re­ceived a biopsy back, and was told they were can­cer free. A thrill of hope! Wor­thy of re­joic­ing!

A friend of mine re­cently re­ceived word of in­cur­able brain can­cer; no hope there.

Yet in both cases, each per­son is re­joic­ing. One has a bet­ter cir­cum­stance, but they both are re­joic­ing – for yon­der breaks a new and glo­ri­ous morn.

Both are fol­low­ers of Je­sus, and they know that what­ever hap­pens in this life, there is a bet­ter day com­ing; a day when we will be with our Saviour, free of the weari­ness of this life.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him - 1 John 4:9

May you, too, know the peace that comes by liv­ing for Je­sus. Happy New Year!

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