'Change is coming - thick and fast'
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
THE Church of Ireland's Bishop of Down and Connor, Bishop Harold Miller, said that 2016 was, for him, one of great surprises.
"The biggest two surprises were the vote in favour of Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump, to be inaugurated as President of the US at the end of January," he said.
"In both cases, I went to bed believing that 'X' would happen and woke up about 5am to discover that 'Y' had happened instead. I imagine many of those reading this piece had a similar experience. Democracy can be a strange thing! The world in which we live can be transformed overnight, while we sleep.
"Here at home, we have another crisis on 'the hill' and find ourselves stunned at what some cartoonist might describe as 'the Irish approach to climate change' - boilers in barns heating the air outside!
"So, we enter a year knowing that we can't make up the story of what will happen next. We are in a world where all our assumptions and presuppositions might be turned on their heads. Just when we thought we were secure, just when we imagined that we were moving as a society in a nice, comfortable 'liberal' direction, even just when we thought religion was a nice but slightly dated idea in a secular Europe, we discover that one night, one surprise can change everything.
"So, where is our security? Well, to be honest, it is only in God. Only in the belief that, through all the changes and chances of this fleeting world, our hearts are to be fixed on Christ - the one who remains our firm foundation, and in the knowledge that a Sovereign God is working out his plan to fulfil all things.
"So, get ready in 2017 for surprises and changes. They are coming thick and fast."
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