21st April 2019

SAT-7 UK: A New Heart




“If anyone is in Christ, the new

creation has come: the old has gone,

the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thank God that the story didn’t end

with Good Friday – love has won!

Jesus conquered death, rose again,

and gives us this new life too.

Pray that all people across the

Middle East and North Africa –

women, men, married couples,

single people, parents, children,

young people, believers and

non-believers – will meet afresh

with the risen Jesus and be

given a new heart of life in Him.

When thinking about the situation

of women, myself and others around

me in my country and my region, I sit

and ponder: What would constitute

good news for us? What would be

life-changing to hear? What would

lift a burden from the weary and the

heavy-hearted? What can lift shame

and make someone stand brighteyed

and tall?

These questions are on my mind when

making films or TV programmes, or

even when talking to people who are

struggling. What do we have to say?

How can we help and be helped?

I ask myself: What would constitute good

news for a woman who is trapped in an

abusive marriage? What can possibly

be good news for a woman facing a

torrent of societal stigma because she

is not married? What would be good

news for a woman who works long hours

each day to provide for her kids? What

is good news for the girl who was never

sent to school? What is good news for the

woman who is tired of

trying again?

I started with myself. “What do I wish

someone would tell me today, here and

now?” I immediately knew.

“It’s not too late.”

In my imagination these four words

would come from a trusted and wise

person, and they would tell me:

“Change is possible.”

“It’s not a lost cause.”

“God is able and He is by your side.”

“It’s not over.”

Every Easter, Christians celebrate the

resurrection, a yearly affirmation

of this good news: It’s not over

when you think it is! Desperation,

stagnation, and death don’t have the

final word. There is resurrection. Life

always wins. Whether in nature or

in history, there is a tendency towards

life and revival. Anyone can join that

movement and walk in the direction

of life too. It is good news that there

can be a different ending to our stories,

even if we think it’s over, or it’s too

late. It is good news to affirm that God

gives life, and any tradition or practice

or teaching that is not life-giving to all

human beings is not of God.

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