Stories of Hope - May 2019
Reflections of Michael HOlloway #1
I am Pastor Michael Holloway. I have been living in Dundee for 6 years now and have been involved with Full Gospel church during this time. I would like to invite you to read my reflections. This is the first one I have done, and I hope to continue with this every month. So here it goes… I watched a programme that was broadcasted on STV on Tuesday night @ 8.30pm (21/05/19) about the addiction problem in Dundee called Scotland Stories. This type of coverage has the tendency to cast a shadow over Dundee as it highlights the issues that we don’t always want to admit exist, or we choose to ignore. Unfortunately, the problem is real and it’s not going away. The sad truth is that we choose to ignore it until it personally affects us or touches our lives in some way. If, and when, it touches our lives it brings tragedy. With everything it touches it creates a negative trajectory. On October 2018, due to the addiction problems we see in our city, we at Full Gospel Church started a monthly meeting on the last Sunday evening of the month called Stories of Hope
These meetings are held at the church in our café area. These nights consist of someone telling their personal story of how they have escaped the power of addiction. So often addiction can be like being trapped in a place of darkness not seeing any way out or any means of escape, it can feel like a dead end. In the Gospel according to Matthew, he writes in chapter 4 verse 16, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned”. There is hope for those living in darkness and the shadow of death there is a light to show a way out. The Great Story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus can still shine light into whatever darkness casts itself over our world. The question I want to put to you is ‘what can you do to continue being light in the darkness?’
God Bless you! Michael Holloway
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