Al­low His love to find us

David Jones on how God longs to wel­come us from our wan­der­ings

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

THE news broke last week that the com­put­ers of one of largest ho­tel chains in the world has been ‘hacked’ re­sult­ing in the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of up to half a bil­lion guests be­com­ing lost in cy­ber space.

It seems then that even the most so­phis­ti­cated pro­tec­tion soft­ware has its lim­its, re­mind­ing us of the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of even the best pro­tec­tive sys­tems in the world. This, as we know, was no iso­lated oc­cur­rence. Banks and other fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions along with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses have of­ten suf­fered the same fate.

One lead­ing high street bank ad­mit­ted last week that they fight off po­ten­tial hack­ers every day. Last year the NHS was ‘at­tacked’ when hack­ers suc­ceeded in crash­ing a sys­tem that was sup­posed to be en­tirely safe and se­cure.

What then can we do to pro­tect our­selves? We could, of course, send a cheque through the post – the prob­lem is that very few busi­nesses will ac­cept pay­ment in that way any longer.

What about hard cash? For gen­er­a­tions past the only means of pay­ment. That would bring all sorts of se­cu­rity prob­lems and would hit the ma­jor on line re­tail­ers who trade and sur­vive by our bank de­tails.

It looks then as if that lit­tle plas­tic card which we of­ten see ‘swiped’, and whose de­tails we in­no­cently en­ter for on­line pur­chases is not all that we thought it would be!

Those half a bil­lion peo­ple whose in­for­ma­tion has been lost in this lat­est hack­ing will have no knowl­edge in whose hands this in­for­ma­tion now lies – and that is wor­ry­ing to say the least!

Je­sus spoke much about loss. The lost sheep was even­tu­ally found as the shep­herd went out to find the one that had gone astray.

The Prodi­gal son was far from home sud­denly re­alised what he had left be­hind. His dad reached out to him as the lad fell weep­ing into his lov­ing em­brace.

This Ad­vent sea­son we cel­e­brate the com­ing of Je­sus into the world to ‘seek and to save that which was lost,’ and are re­minded again that God longs to wel­come us from our wan­der­ings.

His love and for­give­ness are there for us all, even though for so long we may have lived out­side his will. Weary from our wan­der­ings our great­est need this Christ­mas may be to just al­low his love to find us never to be lost again!

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