Thursday, 13 September 2012

Newsletter Reflection for Sunday 16th September 2012: Interesting Times
Good morning,

There’s an old curse, sometimes attributed to the Chinese, that says: “May you live in interesting times.”

A quick look at the news this week tells us we do, indeed, live in interesting times.

The eleventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, has been marked with the murder of the American Ambassador to Libya, and a number of his staff.  Here in Brisbane, and other parts of the state, public servants are marching in the streets to protest the state budget.  The Federal Parliament is arguing over whether one large supertrawler is a bigger environmental threat than four or five regular trawlers catching the same quota of fish.

Gina Reinhart has told us we could be billionaires if we stopped socialising and drinking, and has recommended Australians be paid less.  We’ve come through the Global Financial Crisis, and are now waiting to see what will the repercussions of the European Debt Crisis will be.  After years of having an economy driven by spending, people are starting to pay off their debts and save money.

Australia’s been through record drought, record floods and record fires, and is still looking at what the changing climate is going to bring to us as time goes on.

We’re once more exporting asylum seekers to small Pacific islands.

We’re living in interesting times. But everyone in history has lived in interesting times.  Every era of history has its own crises, challenges and risks.  It’s easy to become fearful, to become overwhelmed or to despair.

But whatever times we live in, there is still good to be found in our world.  There’s good here, because God is still taking an interest in this world. Jesus as promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20) no matter how interesting the times.

Grace and peace,

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