Thought for the Week: David Wiffen

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We cannot have escaped the sense of abandoned euphoria that captivates the kop and it’s thousands. Remarkably, both the height of trophy achievement and the low of Hillsborough can be accommodated in this resounding song.

Then how is it that the same seed-thought has been presented in successive decades on every Cup Final day?

The rising tones of “Abide with me” have wafted across Wembley and via the media into our homes without fail.

Both reflect the human but variably felt fear of being left lonely and alone, and how it can be countered.

The “kopsters” rise on the wing of the song to an all encompassing “hope” which although undefined takes them to that crescendo of an emotional high in LFC support.

It will then be followed by the “kop roar” or dropping into silence as the game progresses.

The Wembley crowd, though, may be largely unaware now of the founders of several leading clubs being Christians.

They had an outlook that football at best is a game, but more than fervour and friendship on the terraces is needed for life and death.

It’s a bold claim to “walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone”, but it is really true for the Christian believer whose hope (or rather – assured expectation) is in the risen living Saviour Jesus Christ.

Joyful expression of confidence in Him becomes the norm because He has said “I am with you always.....” Matthew 28: 20

We therefore do not walk alone!But what of when other joys in life turn into sadness through disappointments, losses, decline or loss of health or bereavement ?

Well, whilst all helps, supports and counsels are appreciated, nothing compares to the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ who has also promised “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Hebrew 13: 5 or as psalm 23 confirms “Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.......You are with me....”

So “You’ll never walk alone” and “Abide with me” combine to that lasting sense of assurance of His presence whether in life or death.