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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

25 October 2013: Anderson Marsh, Petersfield Methodist Church

Faith, Hope and Love

As you walk through your local town, you encounter many people, some of who could be finding life hard right now due to redundancy, cuts to benefits, or other reasons.

Life can be difficult, we need someone to come alongside us and give us a lift up, to help us see that we matter, that someone cares about us.

In the Bible, it talks about Faith, Hope and Love and I think we can learn something from these three important words.

Faith is about having courage to do the right thing, the opposite of fear, when we step out and do the right thing we are doing it in faith, it’s also about admitting we don’t have all the answers. I believe God is at work in us making that step.

Hope in the face of despair when all we can see is utter darkness which can paralyses us and stops us imagining a future, which can crush us beyond words. Hope always sees new ways of doing things, it refuses to accept the darkness, which surrounds us and searches for light, light, which shows us a better future.

Love is an impulse a spark that is ignited within us, which we cannot really grasp, God abides within this love, he calls us to love to love each other no matter what God never stops loving us.

My challenge to you is to go out and support someone you know facing a tough time. Maybe take them shopping and buy their weekly shop for them, meet someone for a coffee and just listen to them, let them pour their heart out, don’t try and tell them how to sort things out just listen.

Faith, hope and love abides and the greatest is love.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Herald on 25 October; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

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