Where Does Our Help Come From?

I’ve just returned from a month away from home. It’s been a great time spending time with family and meeting our new grandson. Life in Canada is much like it is here, but it’s also very different. They drive on the wrong side of the road for a start! Jesus was a journeyman. He had no one place on earth to call home. His kingdom is His heavenly kingdom. As I’ve journeyed recently I’ve been excited and amazed at the new things I’ve seen and the beauty of God’s creation. Travelling through the Rocky Mountains is awe inspiring! But there is another side to things. The news is still full of gloomy headlines about Covid and gun control. In Calgary and Vancouver the all-pervading smell of cannabis on downtown street corners tells a story of homeless people trying to find escape or relief in something, anything. A few days in the city of Vancouver was a time of opposites. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but the constant presence of the homeless on the streets and the shanty town tarpaulins erected on the next streets to the designer shops tells a different story. Psalm 121 says “I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth!” I have seen the beauty of the mountains but when I see the desperate needs on the streets of Vancouver (substitute London, Newcastle…) then I know that what we need is the God who brings us salvation through Jesus Christ. It is by His death and resurrection that we are saved. As we set out on a new journey in the next few months my prayer is that we will all see where our help comes from. We will allow God to show us how we can serve His purposes in West Denton, so that we and the community around us will join in saying “All glory to Him who alone is God our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power and authority are His before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen” (Jude 25). Ian