There’s a great little book God’s Word produced annually in Australia providing brief reflections on the scriptures for every day of the year. I was asked to write the January reflections for this year, which included today’s Australia Day reflection. I share it below.
I’m a New Zealander living in New Zealand writing an Australia Day reflection. Our two nations are united by generations of friendship through good times and bad. In times of war our families and friends lived and died alongside each other. On the sports field we can bring out the best in each other. Our geographical proximity makes it easy to visit for a long weekend or a relaxing vacation. Together we are growing to appreciate the diversity of the people who make up our nations, immigrants of the last two centuries alongside the first people of our lands who have lived here for many centuries.
While Australia Day celebrates this diversity and potential, as Christians we know that left to ourselves our cultural shadows and fears will overwhelm us. In Jesus Christ the source of all human existence and culture has shone a new light on our land enabling us to together live as citizens not only of an earthly land but of an eternal realm.