The end of a difficult year

No one would argue 2016 was a great year. There has been so much uncertainty politically in the U.K. and elsewhere in the world that so many are so unsure of their future. There have been terrible conflicts especially in Syria and as I write that particular conflict appears to be coming to an end.

The UK is heading for the so-called #brexit, despite the fact that Scots voted by an enormous majority to remain in Europe, so leading to further constitutional difficulties with the rest of the UK.

Donald Trump ‘trumped’ the pundits and won the electoral college vote to become the President-Elect, and in the UK Jeremy Corbyn also surprised many who were trying to derail his leadership, by winning a handsome majority in what resembled a replay of Julius Caesar being stabbed in the back by his own team.

The one thing that isn’t affected by the crazy events of the world is the love of God. In a fast moving, dynamic world that follows trends, trends that are ditched in a moment, the love of God is a constant. People of faith everywhere hold to this constant in their lives for there is nothing else that matches that assurance in the Rock of Ages.

With further constitutional uncertainty now a fact due to the #brexit vote, the debate will further weaken and split the devolved nations of the UK, certainly those who voted to remain but find themselves being pulled from the EU regardless.

What kind of President will Donald Trump make? Only time will tell. I have a feeling that the difference wont be that noticeable. Despite the shrieks of horror the US President is carefully checked by the US constitution which was carefully designed to limit the power of the executive. I for one hope he intends to make money rather than war. Maybe a businessman will turn around the fortunes of America’s less fortunate and succeed where Obama failed?

I predict a rough passage for the UK leaving the EU. It wont be pretty that’s for sure. Things are falling apart and article 50 hasn’t yet been invoked. The country is already seeing the ill-effects of this decision. I’m almost certain the lies and half-truths that were trotted out against the EU combined to sway the voters of England & Wales to react wrongly against the EU; rather than the politicians at Westminster who have let the country run down to such a state they had no prospects of a decent future.

It would be easy to become despondent but God always has a plan for us. The events of the coming years are shaping up to remind us more and more of the need for the Love of God, the one constant that can be guaranteed always and everywhere in our lives.

Thank God…always.

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Stuart Stevenson

Engineer, Minister (CoS). Love God. Love Family. Love Scotland.

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