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Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to freedom’ Psalm 68:5-6

I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering if the world of Orwell’sNewspeak’ has arrived? An attempt by those who wield power to limit freedom of thought and create confusion.

It’s source is ‘Doublethink’, a process where we’re expected to accept the false as true, and two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct simultaneously, despite our personal sense of reality, 

It’s clear that we can’t look to politicians or the media for our truth. We’re simply left to our own conclusions. And these cannot be tested objectively. Yet it’s all we’re left with in a world of ‘spin’.

My worry is that the collapse of trust in ‘authority’ means we’ve nowhere nor anyone to turn to place our trust. This deepens our confusion by starting disagreements between us all. 

It’s strange that the one source of truth that has endured endless criticism is God’s word. Perhaps a little too shocking due to its clarity, it still offers comfort for the confused. 

Yet, within the straight talking lie questions and uncertainties. Our days of desolation engendered by Covid-19 can leave us alone and frightened. How is it God provides provision and protection? 

As ever it relates to the issue of trust. Are my circumstances and experiences capable of providing me with an accurate reflection on the purpose and meaning of my life? Such experiences are interpreted against a ‘norm’ that is little more than wish fulfilment.

My question is, has the life presented as ‘the good life’ proven to be so? Or is it more ‘Newspeak’ that offers the mirage of contentment with little substance? What when such a ‘norm’ is unattainable through circumstances that are outside of my control?

In such circumstances if I cannot find truth to stabilise my life in the face of impending or actual crisis, I live within the chaos of destruction. So I have to begin the work of discerning and discovering God, who has promised each one of us peace, a freedom from anxiety and its accompanying headnoise.

No easy task, and fraught with confusions all its own. Yet, with the bright hope that I might indeed find the comfort of a home to live within that offers me security and stability in times of crisis and uncertainty. I find freedom from the apparent constraints set in place by the assumed societal ‘norm’ and space to learn to live as I choose, and do so as best I can.

Prayer: O, my God, give me confidence when facing troubles in my life and the necessary courage to draw my comfort in you, One who has conquered the world’. Amen.

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Micha Jazz…is a master at relating texts and prayer intentions to the many challenges we face in modern day life” Right Reverend John Keenan, bishop of Paisley, Scotland.