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Westbury Churches Together: Certainty in a time of uncertainty

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At the time of writing, there seems to be no way forward regarding BREXIT (it may or may not be the same at the time of reading!) 

To misquote Lewis Carroll, we still seem to be asking the same old question: “Will you, won’t you, leave the dance”, and if we do, when will it be?

It is this uncertainly that is bugging most people – for, as Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”, and this includes the future of our nation’s relationship with both continental Europe and the rest of the world.

But for Christian believers, there are other things that can be held onto as being certainties; especially the presence of the Lord in our everyday situations and circumstances: “I am with you always, even to the end of the world” as the original Disciples were informed, as Jesus ascended into Heaven.

On the same day, they were also informed of another certainty: that is, the Second Coming of Christ: “This same Jesus …will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven”. This certainty was part of Christ’s own teaching as the Parable of the Ten Maidens waiting for the coming of the bridegroom (set in the context of Holy Week) illustrates – as a means of teaching about being ready and prepared for the Return of Christ.

In this age of uncertainty, with so many people either putting their trust in flimsy objects and concepts, or finding that there really is very little that we can be certain of, other than death and taxes; we, especially as we approach Easter, have real, tangible certainties that can only be found within a personal relationship with Christ, the Holy Spirit and Father God Himself.

Graham Warmington

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