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11 September 2019: Rev'd Chris Williams, St Mary, Liss

Stop the world, I want to get off!

“Strange times keep getting stranger”. That’s an expression I’ve used many times over the last three years. If you told me, before 2016, what the world would look like in 2019 I would not believe you. Daily, things happen that would once have shocked me but which no longer have the power to do so. It does feel like we live in times when almost anything is a possibility. The most important issue of our time is, clearly, climate change. Sadly, however, the issue that most consumes us is Brexit and most conversations I have seem to end up with opinions expressed on the subject.

Almost everyone, it seems, has a strongly held view, but the reality is that any proposed scenario will leave 50% of the population deeply unhappy and there does not seem to be a solution that is capable of bridging the ever-widening gulf. Unsurprisingly, this is having an effect on us: we are angry, frustrated, hopeless, feeling ignored or betrayed or… (fill in the blanks).

Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest for your souls”. I wonder how many of us find the idea of laying down the burden of Brexit a lovely thought? Of course, Brexit is just one burden we may bear, but I believe peace and rest is truly available to anyone who comes to Jesus. The Brexit journey will continue regardless, but I have discovered that, in the middle of the storm, I can find peace and rest. I will still engage and fight for the values in which I believe passionately but, fundamentally, my hope lies not in Boris Johnson but Jesus Christ. I commend him to you.

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