Church of England bishop posts New Years message in Lancashire

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Reverend Julian Henderson.

In his post, Rev. Julian Henderson said, “I’m writing this New Years post before Christmas which is a real risk because I don’t know what tomorrow or the end of the year will bring.

“Directions and regulations change almost hour by hour. And to consider 2022 with any certainty would be foolish. Yes, uncertainty and reluctance to plan is the name of the game.

“In a sense, it always has been. None of us really know what lies ahead. Accident or illness often knocks on the door unexpectedly, but the sense of uncertainty has been heightened by the current pandemic. ; with work, health, family reunions, and travel arrangements likely to change suddenly.

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“But it also made us appreciate those people and things that give certainty. It is remarkable that Her Majesty The Queen has reigned for so long; kept so well; given continuity and stability, even in her own mourning last year. and has offered a clear Christian direction to the nation. May she reign long! But it is not in our hands or his.

“The established church, freedom of speech and belief, our justice system, our health care and NHS benefits, our schools and academies, are all part of the backbone of our culture which gives this security measure in uncertain times.

“However, I fear that we have moved away from some of these anchor points for a stable society, by not providing them or giving them the priority they deserve. The ones we depend on most for our good- being are often the most poorly paid and supported Yes, the structures are there, but the environment to attract people to take on these crucial roles is often off-putting.

“So on the tragedy of the pandemic, I think there is an opportunity to reset the compass. What do we need to learn and do differently in 2022?

“This is an opportunity to reset our economy, so that it, along with jobs and livelihoods, are based on the essentials rather than the luxuries and the non-essentials. We have become too dependent on industries. and commerce that provide pleasure and pleasure, rather than the basic ingredients of life.

“And the economy must also be reset, so that it is not resting on unsustainable and growing debt, leaving future generations to foot the bill.

“We have started to reset the value we place on those who work as NHS staff, nursing home workers, teachers, drivers, retailers and manufacturers, all without whom many staple ingredients of everyday life but more needs to be done to increase culture change.

“It is also an opportunity to put the compass back on the truth, in our political life, in our media. The tendency to speak about ‘my truth’ and to use deliberate diversion tactics to distract from the truth never goes well.

“This is an opportunity to reset the basics of our moral and ethical decisions, in the controversial areas of life, death and human flourishing, on how we reach an opinion and on what authority that opinion is. founded.

“The start of a new year is traditionally accompanied by resolutions to be and do better in the coming year.

“The uncertainty created by the pandemic calls on us to reset the compass on how we live our lives. To focus on what really matters, knowing that none of us are here forever and, in doing so, find The one who created this extraordinary world and for which we are all responsible one day.

“There is the only true certainty: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

“And this is why Christians make so much fuss about him, as the One who brings life in all its fullness.

“Let me end with a few of the verses from a well-known traditional hymn, because they express it much better than I ever could…

Through all the changing scenes of life

The praises of my God will still be

My heart and my tongue employ

O only test his love

How happy are they and only them

Who in His truth to trust.

Fear him you saints and you

Have nothing else to fear,

Make his service your delight,

Your needs will be his care.

To the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Be the glory as it was, it’s now

“I send my best wishes for a 2022 in which our resets provide a better way.”

Jerry B. Hatch