From today’s Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: ‘For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy’.

God’s promise is always of new life. The bare branches of the winter trees give way to new shoots, of leaves, flowers and fruit. God is faithful, and stands by us, whatever the challenges that we may be facing. Out of disaster, He brings life. May we trust Him, that He will fulfil His promises, and may God bless you this day.