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According to the Gospels, when Jesus sent his disciples out on their mission he gave them this promise
"Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of time." According to learned Greek scholars, the word "always" literally means "forever".
Over the last year I have given you a prayer card with the words on it, "Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I can't handle together". They mean that in the good and bad circumstances around us and happening in our lives, through sunshine and storm clouds, Jesus' promise is absolute for us even in 2018.
It means that the power of the Risen Lord is present with us no matter what each day brings. I love the prayer and image on that card entitled "Footprints". They remind us that no matter what happens to us today our Lord is walking besides us, strengthening us, loving us, filling us with faith, hope and love.
This assurance should fill us with quiet security and serenity no matter what chaos our world and even our society seems to be getting itself into. In so many of our church services, we make the statement "The Lord is here, His spirit is with us". Alas, we sometimes we forget that he is with us everywhere and at all times, and not just in church. When we realise this fact we change our negative feelings and emotions of depression, anxiety and anger and become so much more encouraged and reassured in our lives...Let each one of us realise this anew as this month we celebrate Pentecost and its full meaning for us in 2018.