The feeling that life is not always fair starts early in life. You can hear the com- plaint among kindergarten children while they are at play. When did you last hear a child say, “But, why? That is not fair!”? 

Winston Churchill is widely regarded as one of the greatest leaders in the Second World War. After the war was over, he unbelievably lost his bid for re-election. His wife tried to comfort him by suggesting that his defeat was probably a “blessing in disguise”, to which Churchill replied, “If it is a blessing, it is certainly well disguised!” 

The Book of Psalms is rampant with complaints about the unfair aspects of life. The feeling that life is not fair was so strong in many of the Psalms that the Psalmists prayed for the Day of Judgement to come soon, in the hopeful expectation that, if God has not been fair in this life, perhaps God will at least be fair in the final judgement. 

Jesus never promised us a road map, but He did promise to go with us. Jesus made no guarantees of absolute happiness, security, or good fortune, but He did promise his presence, comfort and support along the way. The Gospel teachings of Jesus send us out to live by faith in a sometimes dangerous and unpredictable world. 

Personal faith is the firm assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be all right and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. 

(Reverend Gordon)