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The darkest hour

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Romans 13.12

It can be hard pressing on when the outlook appears hopeless. Last night we watched the film Wooden Horse of Stalag Luft III. It is based on a true story of how a trio of British airmen escaped from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War 2, using a vaulting horse to conceal the tunnel they were digging. It is one of many tales of how people maintained their spirits during bleak times - by refusing to give up and, instead, seeking ever more resourceful ways to keep fighting.

Jesus warned that, prior to his return, things would get worse and not better. But that is not an excuse to give up. Quite the opposite, it is the encouragement we need to keep going because our salvation is nearer than it has ever been. The darker, more confusing and chaotic society and the world around us become, the brighter and saltier our witness needs to be. When we are tempted to join the crowd, to give in to popular opinion, to grab what we can for ourselves, it is worth remembering that the day is fast approaching when what is currently concealed from view will be revealed.

So our exhortation is to live in anticipation of that day. It may look strange now but, soon enough, we shall be glad we picked the winning side!



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