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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

8 May 2019: Esmé Kelly – Petersfield and Liss United Reformed Church

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

The title for this article is taken from that old hymn written by Priscilla J Owens in 1882. With the uncertainties of Brexit and life in general. The tragedies that happen in life, like the recent devastation of the Cyclone in Southern Africa or the heartache of the shooting in New Zealand - will your anchor hold in the storms of life? Who or what is your anchor? Is it secure? Is it safe? On 23rd March 2019 the Viking Sky, a Norwegian cruise ship, got into trouble in turbulent waters and had to be rescued. A fisherman told Aftenposten newspaper, according to a BBC article on 24th March 2019, that ‘this could have gone really wrong... if they had not started the engine and fastened the anchor.’

Christians around the world, despite the storms and uncertainties life brings, have an anchor in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He gave his life, so that all those who believe and trust in him, can have hope. The Bible says in Hebrews 6 verse 19 that, ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’

Many Christians, like myself, can say that our anchor, Jesus Christ, is our hope when the storms of life comes. He is secure and steadfast when the strong winds, rain or thunder of life, brings fear and uncertainties. Storms come to us all, in various forms. When it comes, will your anchor be secure and steadfast? Do you have hope in your anchor? Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

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