Nothing is impossible

Can you really believe Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States? Who would have guessed it? Well the writers of The Simpsons, Channel 4’s irreverent show, did. They predicted back in the year 2000 that Trump would be President. When the show’s creator Matt Groening was asked about this, he told The Guardian: “We predicted he would be president back in 2000 – but [Trump] was of course the most absurd joke name that we could think of at the time, and that’s still true. It’s beyond satire.” Despite the shock and widespread disbelief, I do hope he surprises us by being a good President because the world certainly needs him to be. 

Such shocks remind us how little control we have in this life. The polls assured us that the UK would vote to remain in Europe but look what happened on June 23rd. Leicester City were 5000/1 to win the Premier League at the beginning of last season but fairy tale champions by May. Given the unpredictable times we live in, I’m glad I’m not a so called ‘expert’ who tells people what is about to happen when the ‘impossible’ seems more likely than absurd.

For some people, the ‘impossible’ part of the Christmas Story sits in the way of belief. In the Bible, Luke Chapter 1 tells us an angel appeared to Mary, who was engaged to be married to Joseph, and told her: “you will be with child and give birth to a son”. “How will this be” she asked, having never slept with her future husband. “Nothing is impossible with God” the angel tells her in verse 37. Note the passage does not say, ‘everything will be easy’, but ‘nothing is impossible’. 

Could the next few weeks of your life help to mend old and painful wounds, or revive a tired and burnt out life? The Christmas hope is something magical and meaningful and very real. I remember many years ago receiving a call from a friend from my footballing days. Life had been tough for him and his family, which in part had led to his decision to put Jesus at the centre of his life. He had made mistakes but longed for his family to have a fresh start. He wondered whether things could ever be different. As he opened his Christmas present from his wife, he found a book about sharing your faith in Jesus, and written inside: ‘please may I be the first person you tell?’ That day the impossible happened. There is no doubt that life can be difficult for many of us, but grasping the possibilities God can make possible are just a prayer away. Why not welcome Jesus into your life, family and home this Christmas? Have a blessed and happy Christmas with love from all at St. Mary’s.

Alan Comfort, Rector