2020 is behind us and 2021 is the future. It is like a new beginning with the past not having gone yet. It will be a new year full of challenges and opportunities being still amid a pandemic, but with Brexit finally done.

Both the challenges and opportunities of this pandemic and Brexit might bring fear and uncertainty, but at the same it opens the way for a new era and moving forward through changing times and for new initiatives for prosperity and peace for all.

Now 2021 has dawned upon us the question arises of how we could approach the year ahead of us in this peculiar but unique moment in our history. As a guidance we might look to a particular hymn that was most popular to Winston Churchill which is the well-known: ‘Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…..Glory, Glory Hallelujah.’

The first line in the third verse of the hymn, which was also sung at Churchill’s funeral, represents not only Churchill’s character, but also that of the character of the English nation as a whole: ‘He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.’

Going backward is not the way into the future and as this nation has shown through the ages, it will be able to face the future with courage.

I hope we take heart not only because of the words of a hymn, but even more so because they refer to a living Lord, Who has been victorious over sin and death and Who will be our guide, our strength and support to move forward into 2021 without retreat in serving Him and one another.