Recent events in this country have been disturbing — the Manchester bomb attack, the London hit and run and stabbings and (as I write this article) the fire in the London tower block.
There is also great uncertainty over the economic future of the country following an indecisive General Election and the start of the Bexit negotiations.
There is much cause for dismay and concern.
The Gideons Bible, which is a copy of the New Testament with the Psalms, used to be many in hotel rooms throughout the country. Its purpose was to guide people into reading the Scriptures when they were anxious and needed help. Under the heading 'Afraid of Circumstances' it asks us to read Romans 8: 28 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.'
I must confess that I don't always understand the ways of God, but as a Christian this is where faith becomes important. And that faith includes the knowledge that God is still there in all the ugly, evil events that often afflict us. The other scripture the Gideon Bible asks us to read under this heading is Psalm 139: 8 to 10, which I invite you to ponder over, 'If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.'
My prayer, at this confusing time in our land, is that those who have been directly affected by recent events will know God is with them and experience his peace as they are held in his gentle hands.
God bless, Tim and Norma