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‘There’s nothing new under the sun.’ I don’t remember when I first realised this was a biblical quotation. It’s from the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes.
So political uncertainty, apocalyptic predictions, and any other worry anyone is facing has apparently all been experienced before.
Perhaps not in exactly the same way because we are all unique individuals, but certainly in general terms.
Does this mean we should just accept what’s happening as inevitable and our lot in life? Or do we learn from what others have gone through and do our bit to change the narrative?
As we head towards Holy Week and Easter, perhaps we could really take on board that Jesus told Peter to put away his sword, even though Peter was leaping to Jesus’s defence. That Jesus said he came that we might live life in all its fullness and that we should love our neighbours as ourselves.
Accepting a system in which people must rely on foodbanks, accepting nuclear weapons, rejecting people fleeing for their lives, rejecting solutions to prevent climate change – none of these fits with claiming to follow Jesus.
Of course many people of other faiths and none also know we need to find different ways of living.
The writer of Ecclesiastes shares much of the anxiety which overshadows 21st century life. He considers youth and age, wisdom and foolishness, pleasure and toil, and wonders about the point of it all.
Good Friday through Easter Sunday and beyond tells the story of hope, betrayal, denial, crucifixion, despair. Then the shock of the resurrection – new hope, not for an easy life but for a way through the darkness to the light.
Rev Liz Gibson, Isle of Mull