By Rev David Jones

Euro 2016 kicks off this week with Wales’ debut in the competition just a few days away. This will be the third time that France has hosted the competition and hopes and expectations for the Welsh team are at an all-time high.

Wales last qualified for the World Cup in 1958 and were knocked out by Brazil in the quarter-finals when Pele scored in the 66th minute. Manager of the time John Murphy always held that if John Charles had not been injured earlier in the competition his team might well have gone much further and even possibly have won!  Who knows?  Now, all these years later an invigorated team who with four wins and two draws topped their group qualified for Euro 2016 in style.  We all know that there’s going to be fierce competition with many top flight nations among the opposition so there’s everything to play for as the Welsh team kick off against Slovakia on Saturday.

There’s no doubt that Welsh football has reached a standing on the world scene which has not been seen since 1958   There have been many years of disappointment as hopes for qualification were snapped away.  Now Chris Coleman’s young team take Wales to another level  as we as a nation get behind the Welsh squad and wish them well.

Such emotions may well sum up our own lives.  There may have been times of disappointment with no light at the end of a long tunnel.  After all, when we’re not sure how problems are going to turn out we often go through every emotion from anxiety, and fear to relief and even elation when things do change – so we must never lose hope that they will. The Bible tells us that God neither slumbers nor sleeps.  He is ever near to us when things are going well but even more so when the pressures and uncertainties of life suddenly come upon.  To borrow from a great football anthem ‘We never walk alone’ and with that assurance we’ll always be on the winning side!

 

 


Can YOU Help?

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the West Wales Chronicle than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The West Wales Chronicle’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as £1, you can support the Chronicle – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.