Weekend thought: We are not alone on life’s journey

Halifax Minster
Halifax Minster

We read of a number of different journeys in God’s word. There is the journey of the Israelites to the Promised Land, the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and the journey of the Wise Men.

The early disciples also journeyed from town to town spreading the good news of Jesus. If we look at the maps at the back of most Bibles we can see the little dotted lines that trace their journeys.

In many ways life is like a journey. Yet, sometimes this can be a lonely road. More people experience this loneliness than we might expect.

The wonderful thing is that we can have the assurance that we are not alone. Jesus is there for each one of us as we ask him. We can have the absolute assurance that he is with us. Whatever life may throw at us we can have faith that he will give us his comfort and peace. He cares and loves each one of us.

The church has a responsibility to reach out to people who are alone. People need care and attention; they need to be valued.

To know that someone cares about you is very reassuring. This may be members of the family or others in the wider community. We are not alone on life’s journey.

We may feel that we are a long way from God perhaps because of previous wrongs in our lives. We may feel that we can never close the gap between God and ourselves.

Yet, no matter how far away, we can, by God’s grace, find our way into his light. He is there to lead us and to guide us into all truth.

He is the light of the world and will bless as we come to him.

Canon Stephen Bradberry