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Turning the clock back

I hope everyone has remembered to put their clocks forward one hour this weekend! Have you ever wished, however, that you could ‘turn the clock back’ – for instance to change something that happened in your past which continues to ‘haunt’ you today, perhaps many years after the event?
Tragically many will, no doubt, be wanting to do this who have suffered in the awful events in London on Wednesday. We pray for them as we also pray for “all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2v2).
The past week has also seen the passing of Martin McGuinness and I was very struck by words of Ian Paisley Junior when assessing his legacy: “I think the Christian view in life is how a person’s journey started is of course important, but it is how it finishes which is actually more important”. As we were thinking last Sunday morning the judgment of a person’s soul is God’s responsibility, not ours (Matthew 7v1), but there is great truth in Ian Paisley Junior’s words – and indeed a pointer to the amazing grace of God. We cannot turn the clock back but instead we can remember with great joy that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5v17). The devil would want to take us back to our pasts, but let us instead follow Paul’s practice in Philippians 3v13,14: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus”.
Peace and Grace