Letter To 2020

This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “disappoint.”

2020, to say you’ve been a bit of a disappointment is an understatement!

You started well – January and February looked promising. In fact, they were more wonderful than I could ever have imagined, and that’s what made all that followed so hard to bear.

God was working, ministry was flourishing, and suddenly it all had to stop.

Day by day, I emptied my diary and scored out my plans, and the disappointment deepened. I hadn’t travelled abroad since 2010, and this was to be the year…

And then, just as restrictions eased and the future began to look brighter, the infection numbers rose once again, leaving the rest of the year (and beyond) looking uncertain.

But 2020, you won’t win!

First of all, Santa’s still coming, as was announced yesterday in one of the most bizarre, but most wonderful, political statements ever.

But, more to the point, you won’t win because my hope is in something deeper.

“We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:3-5 NLT)

2020, if you’ve done us one favour, maybe it’s to make us question where our hope is found. You’ve shown us that it can’t be in our own plans and busyness, or in any illusion of control. It can’t be in full diaries or success in ministry. It can’t even be in other people.

Maybe some good can come from you after all if we let our disappointment with you point us elsewhere – to the hope that will never disappoint.

22 thoughts on “Letter To 2020

  1. Love that Santa is a key worker! πŸ˜€ Must be in the same union as the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny – they were essential workers too, lol. “2020, if you’ve done us one favour, maybe it’s to make us question where our hope is found” – It has certainly caused a lot of us to move closer to God and that can only be a good thing.

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  2. The politicians roar and scold
    in tones self-reverential,
    and in the end some have been told
    that they are not essential.
    A business built wiuth loving hands,
    career fine-honed with care,
    were set adrift on sinking sands
    and are no longer there.
    But somehow those who wield the power
    came through with neon smile
    in their shining ivory tower,
    feasting all the while,
    and those who their decrees destroyed
    hope that one day they’ll be employed.

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    1. I agree, it is such a tough time for those who have poured their whole lives into their businesses only to see them shut down again. However, I don’t envy the politicians’ jobs of having to make the decisions about all of this either.


  3. It appears we are all beginning to count our blessings in 2020 even though it has been a very different year then we had anticipated!

    I’ve just finished writing a similar part in theme for this week Lesley! Maybe God has a message for us in counting our blessings in the chaos of 2020… πŸ˜€

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