THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE SCUNTHORPE TELEGRAPH IN FEBRUARY 2013
No sooner had I sat down to write this article when the news broke that Pope Benedict had resigned his position. Priests, pundits and the press were taken by surprise. What were the chances of that happening? The last time anything like it occurred was six centuries ago!
I have just learned that a further seven centuries before that, the Bishop of Rome declared a Papal Ban on horse meat being consumed. Who would have imagined that now people like us can buy it accidentally from supermarkets! What were the chances of that happening in horse-loving Britain?
Of late, I have spoken with a number of local people whose lives have been spiralling out of control. The chances of their stories ending up anything but hopeless would normally be slim; very slim. But they aren’t leaving it to chance. With humility they have grasped the outstretched hand of hope, embraced the challenge of change and prayed for providence. I have no doubt that they will find such providence and discover a new kind of life with the help of a prayer answering God. What are the chances of that happening? Very high. The Bible tells me that “God gives grace to the humble”. If you are reading this and looking for hope, look humbly, look to God.
Now for a beefburger. I hope.