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Latest Trinity Update - 5th March 2021

05 March 2021 13:30
From Jon -
 
I have really appreciated using the 'Pause' app which encourages me to slow down and be with Jesus pausing for 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes in a day.
 
The focus today was hope, highlighting the text from Romans 15 that says:
 
'May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.'
 
And the prayer was that God would heal and restore hope in me.
 
Biblical hope is not just a desire for something good in the future but a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future as a gift from our Father in heaven. Our Father in heaven who desires us and wants to give good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11).
 
But to be honest when you find yourself in a pit of despair it's hard to believe that! Which is why the psalmist in Psalm 45 wrote this:
 
'Why, my soul, are you downcast?
    Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
    for I will yet praise him,
    my Saviour and my God.'
 
There is a sense in which the psalmist is telling us to preach to ourselves - it's like the soul is arguing with itself and saying, despite all, hope in God. Otherwise give way to being downcast!
 
I'm not suggesting that we ignore or minimise the pain of our despair but rather in that hard place to look up and not down. To put our hope in God remembering that He is with us and that He is for us. Not easy to do, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Christian community, it is possible. I know that for myself!
 
As I have been reflecting on hope I am reminded of the tragic story of Horatio Spafford. If you don't know his story then take a look at this wikipedia page. Despite the tragedy of his family life Horatio Spafford wrote this lovely hymn:
 
'When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.'
 
So, if you find yourself in a place of despair can I encourage you to preach to your soul and hope in God? So that with Horatio Spafford you can proclaim 'whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.'
 
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As we move into Recovery Stage 2 we were hoping to start up Trinity Church at Home again. However because only 'bubbles' can meet in people's homes we are unable to. So, we will continue with Trinity Online but keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for any updates.
 
With love and prayers
 
Jon
on behalf of the Trinity team