Dear All,

The sun will come out tomorrow,

bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun….

Tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll love ya, tomorrow,

you’re always a day away!

 

I may not be a fan of musicals, but these words from the show Annie came to my mind recently, and for a couple of reasons. The first is in hope for the summer. A vain hope perhaps, as I sit here in mid-June and see the rain lashing down once again outside. A sight that seems to suggest that only those with Annie’s sunny optimism will be arranging anything based upon the assumption of a bright summer!

But in truth it is the final words that seem most pertinent to me. And why? Well because it strikes me, that as things stand love does indeed seem to be getting left for a later date when it comes to thinking about the issues of our day – and not least amongst these, our future relationship with others in the world.

That this should be worrying for followers of Jesus comes from the knowledge that love is the centre of His Good News. His so-called Golden Rule being that we love God with all our hearts, and our neighbours as ourselves. And indeed, Jesus goes further when He says this; “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27-28 New Revised Standard Translation). Love clearly is the centre of everything for Christ and His people.

You can call me naïve, but I believe that what we need in our world, is more love for one another. After all who would want to live in a world of the opposite, a world of hate? And surely the first step is for us to do exactly as Jesus suggests – give our love to all. And not tomorrow, but today, straight away, and always. Which I hope can and will lead to a sunnier time for us all, whether or not the sun does come out tomorrow, or indeed at any time over summer.

 

Andy