It’s been quite a week for the people of the United Kingdom. After months of debate, thousands of words spoken, written, tweeted and texted, on Thursday the day of the referendum on UK membership of the European Union finally arrived. The media worldwide has since reported the unexpected result that the majority of the British people wish to leave the EU.
Obviously in any choice of this nature there will be those who are disappointed by the outcome. In this case that is a huge number: 16.1 million, around 48% of those who voted. It would be wrong to just look at the figures from the UK, because the decision that has been made has caused distress across much of Europe. A major nation leaving the 28 country organisation cannot be without repercussions for the other nations. Change is unsettling at the best of times; few of us can class the current world situation as the best of times.
On many occasions in the last few months, prayers on Epiphany Island have been directed to God about the referendum. As a community we care about issues that affect fellow members, even if they live half a world away. On the evening of the voting itself, those of us gathered spent time asking for God’s wisdom on the matter. I believe that God has the issue in hand and that he can bring good from the outcome. Continue reading