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"It matters a great deal who is going to win, but not at all who won"

Willie John McBride, Irish Rugby player

Seeing the invisible

By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. Hebrews 11: 27

When I recently read that great chapter on the heroes of faith (Hebrews 11), this verse jumped out at me. We live in a world where we have so much information. Things like Google, the internet, 24/7 news channels are part of normal life. (I remember clearly in my youth how one had to wait for next morning’s newspaper to get the previous evening’s sports results). In a world of so much information, it can be hard to believe in what we cannot see.

As I reflected on this, I was surprised how much there is in the Bible about this aspect of our faith. [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Don’t forget Jesus’ words to Thomas, repeated by Peter :
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:29

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 1 Peter 1:8

Who has not asked “Where is God in the Pandemic?” This has been a tough year for everyone. Perhaps at the start of 2021, it is moment to focus on the invisible, to believe and acknowledge our faith in the Invisible God and to recognize that he is with us whatever may come in 2021 – and forever.

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