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Newly hung upon the Church Centre office wall is my official Heart of Midlothian FC 2020 calendar.
Each month features various players all kitted out in maroon and white. My guess is that few of them will be sporting these colours come the end of January.
Our season has been terrible thus far. Hearts languish at the bottom of the Premiership. My calendar does not bode well for happy memories to be made.
It is fair to say that well beyond the world of fitba, there is a lot of trepidation in the air. We are facing uncertain times at all levels and perhaps lack the leadership and direction to meet these global challenges.
In churches in January, the Prologue to John’s Gospel is often read. In a very different way from the other accounts of the birth of Christ it tells of the significance of ‘God with us’.
To quote John’s Gospel: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … what has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.’
The Gospel reminds us that wherever there is God there is light. If we head towards that which is of the light; goodness, compassion, justice, truth, love then God is there. Our prayer should be that in all the efforts that must be made in 2020 to recover the balance in our environment by tackling climate change we each affirm the light.
My Jambos calendar may soon be irrelevant; the truth of God coming alongside will provide us with the energy to face the year, eyes open and ready to do what is right. Why? For we go ahead into a new year in the certainty of God’s presence.
Rev Dugald Cameron, Kilmore and Oban.